US President Donald Trump signed a decree on Tuesday to ban eight Chinese apps. This includes the popular payment app Alipay. China responds on Wednesday with the announcement that it will take appropriate measures to protect Chinese companies’ rights.
According to the White House, Chinese apps pose a threat to national security, foreign policy and the economy of the United States.
In addition to Alipay, the payment app WeChat Pay and QQ Wallet have been blacklisted. The video app VMate, chat app QQ, file sharing service SHAREit, document scanner CamScanner and office software WPS Office have also been banned.
The government points out that the apps could provide the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party with “massive amounts of user information, including sensitive personally identifiable data and private information.”
China could thus track the location of government employees and suppliers and build records of individuals, according to the White House.