Taiwan is planning to ban Chinese video streaming services iQiyi and WeTV. The country has already banned many Chinese apps, however, Baidu’s iQiyi and Tencent’s WeTV are exploiting a legal loophole that allows them to partner with local companies.
And Taiwan wants to change that. The self-governing island republic’s Ministry of Economic Affairs says that Taiwanese companies won’t be able to provide these services from 3rd September 2020. The move will effectively lock out the Chinese companies and further ban them.
This is on the heels of China’s increasingly tense relations with other countries most notably the United States. Earlier in the year, India banned up to 50 Chinese apps alleging “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner”. The Indian government claimed “many complaints from various sources” as the basis of its decision.
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In the United States, the trade war against the Chinese government by the Trump administration is well documented. The Trump administration banned Huawei and its technology from its 5G architecture. It also banned the use of the company’s technology by American companies.
More recently President Trump banned Tencent’s WeChat and ordered ByteDance to divest itself of TikTok’s US operations. The allegation is more or less the same, collecting user data and sending them to China. The UK has also followed suit, sending Huawei packing and ordering its technology to be dismantled in its 5G architecture.
Both WeTV and iQiyi are quite popular in Taiwan and both have not commented on the impending plan to ban them.
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