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China Denounces Liz Truss’s Vow to Crack Down on Firms Like TikTok in UK

Liz Truss

Liz Truss

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China rejected as “irresponsible” a pledge by UK prime minister hopeful Liz Truss to clamp down on Chinese-owned companies such as social-media giant TikTok Inc.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized the remarks made by Truss on Monday during her first head-to-head debate with former Chancellor Rishi Sunak. The UK foreign secretary said the government should “absolutely should be cracking down on those types of companies” and limit technology exports to authoritarian regimes.