Monday, 31 August 2020

Microsoft Wants to Buy TikTok, but Has a History of Working With China

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Microsoft, which seeks to purchase the Chinese social-media app TikTok after the Trump administration moved to ban it over concerns that it feeds user information to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has its own ties to the People’s Republic that should worry U.S. regulators. 

The American tech giant has worked closely with the Chinese communists, building a version of its popular Windows operating system specifically for the Chinese government in 2015.

A press release from the company on the matter reads: “China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) and Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership aimed at providing world-class operating system technology and services for Chinese users in specialized fields in government institutions and critical infrastructure state-owned enterprises.”

What the statement failed to mention, however, was that the Chinese state-owned CETC has been listed by the U.S. State Department as working with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) since at least 1999.



The National Pulse notes:

CETC was also recently targeted by the Trump administration for its role building military islands in the South China Sea, with the Commerce Department adding the company to its “Entity List.” Originally created to stop American products from assisting weapons of mass destruction programs in 1997, the designation makes companies subject to stricter licensing requirements to do business in the U.S.

Windows Executive Vice President Terry Myerson explained that the “Windows 10 China Government Edition” was developed after the company “earnestly cooperated with the Chinese government on the security review of Windows 10.”

Also of concern is Myserson’s statement that governments across the world use a similar Windows operating system. In short, Microsoft gave China, which has a long history of hacking and cyberespionage, access to a platform comparable to the one used by the U.S. government and the governments of other western nations.

“Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows ever, and we’re humbled that governments around the world like the U.S. Department of Defense, the Australian Health Department, and the Italian Ministry of Defense are choosing Windows 10 for their security, and now the Chinese government has a version of Windows created specifically for it,” Myerson stated, highlighting the prevalence of Windows and the danger of putting knowledge of the operating system in Chinese hands.

CETC retains 51 percent of the venture while Microsoft retains 49 percent, although little is known about the changes the two performed on the Windows operating platform.

This is only one example of the company’s close relationship with the Chinese Communist Party — something that should be a cause for concern in light of Microsoft’s prospective acquisition of TikTok.

President Trump called on Chinese multinational ByteDance Ltd. to “divest its ownership” of the popular video sharing app TikTok in the United States as the federal government points to potential security concerns for users’ data.

The Trump administration said in July that it is considering a ban of the app due to concerns that ByteDance may be handing over user information to China’s ruling Communist party.

TikTok, which has offices in Los Angeles, has attempted to publicly distance itself from its Chinese ownership by stating that no data is stored on Chinese servers. ByteDance even appointed Kevin Mayer, formerly of Walt Disney Company, to serve as its CEO overseeing operations in the United States and the rest of the world. A separate version of TikTok, Douyin, is used in mainland China.

Microsoft’s bid to purchase TikTok has been joined by retail giant Walmart, a partnership that could combine Walmart’s customer data with Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and TikTok’s 100 million monthly user base to create a digital commerce system that could rival Amazon.

The Trump administration has taken a hardline stance against China. In addition to the president, high-level U.S. officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General Bill Barr, and FBI Director Christopher Wray have in recent days warned of the threat to American national security posed by the communist nation.

“The CCP has launched an orchestrated campaign, across all of its many tentacles in Chinese government and society, to exploit the openness of our institutions in order to destroy them.”

“The ultimate ambition of China’s rulers isn’t to trade with the United States,” Barr added. “It is to raid the United States.”

Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.

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