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Chinese tech gets harsh message from US crackdown on TikTok

Hostility in effect places market off-limits and raises global growth doubts

Statistics from Sensor Tower show that Alibaba's online shopping app AliExpress has logged more than 36 million downloads in the U.S. since 2014. Meanwhile, Tencent's messaging tool WeChat and JOYY's streaming app Likee have been downloaded at least 19 million times and 16 million times, respectively. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG -- As the fate of the wildly popular streaming app TikTok hangs on complex negotiations between its Beijing-based parent company ByteDance and Microsoft, other Chinese software developers face a simpler lesson: forget about the U.S. market.

Nor would U.S. politicians welcome Chinese companies anyway. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused China-produced software of feeding user data to Beijing and hinted that a crackdown is under way.

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