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China Says TikTok Sale Shows U.S. ‘Economic Bullying’

  • Chinese envoy to the EU, Zhang Ming, speaks in TV interview
  • Zhang scolds EU’s 5G security toolbox, restrictions on Huawei
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WATCH: Zhang Ming, head of Chinese Mission to the European Union, discuses U.S. efforts to force a sale of TikTok on national security grounds and EU restrictions on Huawei Technologies Company Ltd.Source: Bloomberg)

A senior Chinese official accused the U.S., which forced the sale of TikTok on national security grounds, of “economic bullying,” while lambasting European Union restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., in comments highlighting Beijing’s increasing assertiveness against what it sees as unfair treatment from Western governments.

“What has happened with TikTok in the United States is a typical act of coercive possession,” the head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, Zhang Ming, said. “Some American politicians are trying to build a so-called clean network under the cover of fairness and reciprocity and blah, blah, blah,” Ambassador Zhang said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “This is nothing but economic bullying.”