US President Donald Trump has signed a decree banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, including Ant Group’s Alipay, the White House said.
The decree instructs the Department of Commerce to determine which transactions are banned under this directive. The restrictions will also affect Tencent Holdings’ QQ Wallet and WeChat Pay apps.
The decision aims to contain the threat to Americans posed by Chinese apps that have large user bases and access sensitive data, a senior official told Reuters.
Trump’s executive order also mentions CamScanner, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate and WPS Office applications.
The document says the US “must take aggressive action against those who develop or control China-related software applications to protect our national security.”