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Truss Says UK Should Crack Down on Chinese Firms Like TikTok

  • Truss, Sunak trade blows over approach to Chinese influence
  • Foreign Secretary speaks in BBC Tory leadership debate
Liz Truss, left, and Rishi Sunak during the BBC Leadership debate on July 25.
Liz Truss, left, and Rishi Sunak during the BBC Leadership debate on July 25.Photographer: Jacob King/WPA Pool/Getty Images
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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss pledged to crack down on Chinese-owned companies such as social-media giant TikTok Inc. as she traded blows with Rishi Sunak in their first head-to-head debate of the race to succeed Boris Johnson as UK prime minister.

“We absolutely should be cracking down on those types of companies,” Truss said Monday during the debate on BBC TV, when asked specifically about TikTok. “We should be limiting the amount of technology exports we do to authoritarian regimes.”