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US-China tensions

US expands ban on Chinese apps to include WeChat Pay and Alipay

Trump continues crackdown on China two weeks before term ends

U.S. President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to ban transactions with eight Chinese apps just weeks before his term expires. (Source photos by Reuters)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- U.S. President Donald Trump has issued an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps, including Alipay, the payment app affiliated with Alibaba, and Tencent-owned WeChat Pay, describing the companies as national security threats.

The ban is to take effect in 45 days, nearly a month after Trump is due to leave office.

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