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Biden masks the tech clobbering coming China's way

Lifting bans on TikTok and WeChat is no sure sign of a softer approach

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Icons of WeChat and TikTok: the fate of the two Chinese apps still looks far from certain.   © Reuters

James Crabtree is executive director of IISS-Asia in Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

President Joe Biden recently rolled back a ban on WeChat and TikTok pushed through by his predecessor, Donald Trump. To Biden's critics, the move hinted at a softer approach to Chinese technology companies, and indeed China in general.

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