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China or the US? Multinationals under pressure to choose sides

Zoom, Activision and more bow to Beijing's push for show of loyalty

A student in Spain takes online classes at home using software from Zoom, one of many corporations feeling that they need to choose between the U.S. and China.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- As tensions rise between China and the rest of the world, western companies face growing pressure to abide by Beijing's political demands in order to keep doing business in the world's second-largest economy.

The latest display of Beijing's growing influence was seen at Zoom Video Communications. The popular California-based teleconferencing app was the subject of reports that it blocked a Chinese human rights group for several days following an online vigil it held for the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown at the end of May.

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