China in Focus (Aug. 11): Microsoft’s China Ties Raise Concerns Over TikTok

August 11, 2020 Updated: August 12, 2020

Microsoft is considering the purchase of popular video sharing app, Tiktok. That’s amid security concerns surrounding its parent company, ByteDance, a Beijing-based tech company with ties to the Chinese regime.

WeChat users in the United States appear divided over Trump’s ban of the Chinese social media app. Both supporters and opposers set up petitions on the White House petition website.

Shanghai’s famous TV Tower, which was accidentally given the same name as the city of Hong Kong, was struck with powerful lightning. That’s after Hong Kong police arrested even more pro-democracy activists.

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai and others have been released on bail. The share price of Lai’s Apple Daily skyrocketed shortly after, standing as a show of support.

A Chinese official was discovered to have falsified his resume, with somewhat comical results. Based on the fake document, he joined the Chinese army before he was even one year old.

A Chinese state-run TV station is facing consequences following its broadcast of a British citizen’s forced confession. He made the coerced statement after being drugged, handcuffed, and locked in a cage inside a Chinese prison.

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