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China's aggression is undermining its tech giants' global ambitions

TikTok's troubles shows ByteDance and others will face U.S. pushback as they expand

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Major Chinese internet groups are facing extreme scrutiny but it does not mean that they must stop expanding internationally.   © Sipa/AP

James Crabtree is an associate professor in practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

TikTok makes a curious bellwether for a new age of techno-nationalism, with its apolitical teenage audience and frivolous lip-sync videos. But the Chinese-owned app's decision to quit Hong Kong, alongside its ban in India, illustrates a deeper shift in the fortunes of China's biggest tech businesses.

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