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TikTok setback clouds global ambitions of China tech

Sweeping Communist Party control hampers business links abroad

BEIJING/SHANGHAI -- The U.S. targeting of video-sharing app TikTok threatens a wider setback for Chinese tech companies seeking global success by raising questions about the Communist Party's influence over domestic businesses and its access to personal data.

TikTok parent ByteDance has become one of the first global success stories in Chinese tech. The app counts 70 million users in the U.S., as well as 200 million in India and 10 million in Japan, according to Chinese media.

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