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China vows action if TikTok is forced to sell US operations

Internet users slam app's owner ByteDance for pursuing sale to Microsoft

HONG KONG -- Plans for Chinese streaming app TikTok to sell its U.S. operations amid regulatory headwinds there have elicited outrage in China, with Beijing threatening repercussions if the deal goes through and internet users condemning the app's owner as a "traitor."

ByteDance, TikTok's Beijing-based owner, said on Monday it is in talks with Microsoft for a possible sale, after President Donald Trump threatened to ban the app on national security grounds if it was not sold to an American company by Sept. 15.

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