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US-China tensions

China's new AI export curbs threaten TikTok's US sale

Popular video app's powerful algorithm likely to face 'dual-use' restrictions

HONG KONG -- Beijing has added several artificial intelligence technologies to its export control list, casting a shadow over the pending U.S. sale of the hugely popular streaming app TikTok by China's ByteDance.

On Friday night, the Ministry of Commerce released an updated export control list including "personalized content recommendations based on data analysis" and several other technologies under the category of dual use, implying they could potentially have both civilian and military use and that their sale overseas will be restricted.

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