US to ban TikTok and WeChat: app downloads in less than 48 hours

TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores from Sunday, unless President Donald Trump agrees to a last-minute deal. The Department of Commerce said it would bar people in the US from downloading the messaging and video-sharing apps through any app store on any platform. The Trump administration says the companies threaten national […]

Chinese chip giant SMIC ‘in shock’ after US trade ban threat

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) said it was “in complete shock and perplexity” after the Pentagon revealed it had proposed the firm be added to a government blacklist. This would restrict suppliers from providing it with American-based tech without special permission. Beijing said it was “firmly opposed”. A foreign ministry spokesman accused Washington of “blatant […]