- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.S. to develop a “Clean fortress” around citizens’ data, with unclean technologies defined as those with Chinese origins.
- This is essentially an American version of China’s Great Firewall, though its implementation is uncertain.
Not even a week ago, the Trump administration gave an ultimatum to ByteDance, the Beijing-based owner of TikTok, to either sell its U.S.-based operations or be banned by September 15.
- This decision ceded ground to Beijing: In effect, it told China that it was right to distrust foreign-owned social media apps. Read more on SupChina: After TikTok, what happens to internet freedom?
The Trump administration is now doubling down on its own version of “internet sovereignty,” the concept that undergirds Beijing’s implementation of its infamous Great Firewall, particularly in the era of Xí Jìnpíng 习近平.