The TikTok ban and the geopolitical tightrope

The TikTok ban and the geopolitical tightrope
While the TikTok risk may be unacceptable, what does it mean for trade relations between NZ and China? (Image: Getty)
Ben Moore
The banning of TikTok on parliamentary service devices will have no impact on trade between New Zealand and China, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – but it may not be so simple.TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance and while some say there is little difference between a social media platform owned by a US-based company and one owned by a China-based company, others say that the Chinese government’s power over the private sector makes the app a risk to national security.The move, which was announced on M...

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