The US order banning transactions with Chinese apps

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Alipay and WeChat Pay are mobile payment apps accepted by some U.S. retailers, largely to cater to Chinese tourists and visitors.

The Washingtop Post informs that President Trump signed an executive order banning transactions with a number of Chinese mobile apps, including Alipay and WeChat Pay on 5th January.

The fate of the order is unclear, because it will take effect in 45 days, after the start of the Biden administration.

The order, issued Tuesday evening, refers to the apps and others as security threats, saying that they “automatically capture vast swaths of information from millions of users in the United States, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information, which would allow [China] and [the Chinese Communist Party] access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.”

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