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Cloud over Alibaba and Tencent as US raises pressure on China tech

Trump makes cloud storage business a target alongside TikTok and Huawei

Chinese cloud storage services from Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are now facing a crackdown led by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration. (Source photos by AP/Reuters) 

HONG KONG/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings have become the latest target of the U.S.-China tech war, as Washington rolled out an initiative urging companies to go "clean" and boycott cloud storage services provided by China Inc.

President Donald Trump's administration said its "Clean Network" initiative, unveiled on Wednesday afternoon, was an effort to curb potential national security risks brought by Beijing through the offering of Chinese tech companies.

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