US president has signed an executive order banning the use of eight Chinese payment apps, including Alipay and WeChat Pay.
As Donald Trump is dragged kicking and screaming from the White House, he signed his latest order – set to become law in 45 days – which cites the Chinese apps as a threat to US national security.
The executive order said: “The US must take aggressive action against those who develop or control Chinese-connected software applications to protect our national security.”
It said that by accessing personal devices such as smartphones, “Chinese-connected software applications can access and capture vast swaths of information from users, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information”.
China’s Ministry of Commerce said the ban goes against fair competition.
The executive order could be quashed in the coming days when president elect Joe Biden takes office.
In August, Trump signed two executive orders banning Chinese video-sharing apps TikTok and WeChat, stating that “additional steps must be taken to deal with the national emergency” relating to the ICT and services supply chain.
The orders took effect on 20 September 2020 and banned “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to