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ByteDance Files for China Approval to Export TikTok Tech

  • ByteDance filed an application to Beijing’s commerce bureau
  • China will need to sign off on any TikTok Global deal
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ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese parent of video app TikTok, submitted an application in Beijing for permission to export technology, as it tries to work out an agreement with the Trump administration that will avoid a U.S. ban on the service.

The company said it filed the request with the city’s commerce bureau after China tightened restrictions on the export of certain technologies, including those used in TikTok. A spokesman for the commerce ministry acknowledged the filing Thursday, saying it’ll be assessed “in accordance with the relevant rules and procedures.”