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Tick TikTok Goes Globalization

The bipartisan push to ban TikTok in the US reflects both the growing distrust of China and lawmakers’ limited understanding of the tech world. While there are legitimate national-security concerns associated with the platform, a US ban could end up accelerating deglobalization.

MILAN – The spectacle of the US Congress grilling TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew on March 23 could one day be remembered as a turning point in the history of globalization. Over five hours of aggressive questioning, Chew – who is not Chinese but Singaporean – did a magnificent job defending his company’s Chinese ownership in the face of Congress’s limited understanding of the tech world.