Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes questions at a regular media briefing in Beijing on Aug 17, 2020. (PHOTO / FMPRC.GOV.CN)
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday that the unjustified suppression of Chinese company Tiktok was tantamount to "broad daylight robbery."
When we see the US pulling maneuvers of economic bullying and political manipulation over non-US companies, we see typical "coerced transaction by the government" and "forced transaction by the government", which is nothing short of broad daylight robbery.
Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson
Zhao Lijian was responding to a reporter's question on US President Donald Trump's claim that he would not extend the Sept 20 deadline for Beijing-based ByteDance to sell its US business Tiktok.
Zhao reiterated that China opposes the unjustified suppression and targeting of these non-US companies by abusing their state power under the weakest pretext of national security.
"When we see the US pulling maneuvers of economic bullying and political manipulation over non-US companies, we see typical 'coerced transaction by the government' and 'forced transaction by the government', which is nothing short of broad daylight robbery," Zhao said.
The US has not only violated market principles and international rules but also negated the principles of market economy and fair competition that it has been priding itself on, he added.
Zhao urged the US to immediately correct its mistakes and stop its unjustifiable suppression on Chinese companies and other non-US companies.
The Chinese side retains the right to take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese companies, he added.
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