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Trump’s security advisor defends ban on Tik Tok, WeChat as move against ‘aggressive China’

The US banned TikTok and WeChat from 20 September, marking them as prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.
Trump signs executive order to ban WeChat, TikTok | Bloomberg

TikTok, WeChat to be banned in US from 20 September

In August, Trump had signed an executive order to ban TikTok and WeChat by 15 September unless the ownership of the two Chinese companies changed to American.
Oracle Corp. headquarters campus stands in Redwood City, California, US | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Oracle beats Microsoft to buy US operations of TikTok

ByteDance turned down Microsoft’s previous bid to buy TikTok’s US assets. A deal with Oracle is narrower, appearing more like corporate restructuring.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

TikTok won’t just disappear in US like it did in India after Trump’s deadline for a sale

Trump said he won't extend the mid-September deadline but TikTok’s Chinese owner may need more time to negotiate a deal after new regulations from Beijing complicated matters.
The TikTok app. | Photographer: Roy Liu | Bloomberg

Why Trump’s TikTok ban leaves Apple and Google stuck in the middle

Trump administration can order American companies like Google & Apple to stop carrying the app, but can't stop American teens from finding workarounds to access the website.
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After blows in India, US, UK, TikTok owner to spend billions to expand from Singapore

Singapore is becoming a regional base for both Western and Chinese companies because of its developed financial and legal system.
Trump signs executive order to ban WeChat, TikTok | Bloomberg

TikTok and WeChat have taken Chinese-style censorship to rest of the world, study says

These findings may lend ammunition to the Trump administration, which banned TikTok and WeChat after accusing them of bending to China's will in censoring content.
TikTok is a Chinese app | Representational photo | Solen Feyissa | Unsplash

Trump wants slice of TikTok deal even though technically he can’t

Experts say the President's approach looks like a high stakes real estate deal given that the law doesn't provide for any of the kind of payment Trump seeks.
The TikTok app. | Photographer: Roy Liu | Bloomberg

Why buying TikTok India could be the smartest move Masayoshi Son could make this year

SoftBank Group Corp.’s Masayoshi Son is already one of India’s greatest foreign backers, having poured money into local startups including Snapdeal, Oyo Rooms and Paytm.
Trump signs executive order to ban WeChat, TikTok | Bloomberg

US WeChat users want to see proof it is a security risk as Trump claimed to ban it

The US is arguing the group isn’t entitled to any evidence as the executive order has no legal effect on them & courts can’t review national security determinations by the president.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

MPC appointments delay is unusual, but vacancies at the top of RBI & banks almost a norm

In the last few years, delay in appointments has resulted in several posts in regulatory bodies and public sector banks lying vacant for months.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.