The Trump administration is targeting Chinese social media app TikTok with a ban. However, the long-term view may be even more troubling. Photo: AFP The Trump administration is targeting Chinese social media app TikTok with a ban. However, the long-term view may be even more troubling. Photo: AFP
The Trump administration is targeting Chinese social media app TikTok with a ban. However, the long-term view may be even more troubling. Photo: AFP
Josef Gregory Mahoney
Opinion

Opinion

Josef Gregory Mahoney

Forget a cold war and the TikTok, WeChat bans. Is the US preparing for a hot war with China?

  • The White House has sent mixed signals on China, agreeing to hold talks while announcing a ban on Chinese apps
  • But the hope that these are just Washington’s negotiation tactics is fading, amid worries of a potential armed conflict

The Trump administration is targeting Chinese social media app TikTok with a ban. However, the long-term view may be even more troubling. Photo: AFP The Trump administration is targeting Chinese social media app TikTok with a ban. However, the long-term view may be even more troubling. Photo: AFP
The Trump administration is targeting Chinese social media app TikTok with a ban. However, the long-term view may be even more troubling. Photo: AFP
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Josef Gregory Mahoney

Josef Gregory Mahoney

Josef Gregory Mahoney is professor of politics at East China Normal University in Shanghai, where he also directs the International Centre for Advanced Political Studies and the international graduate programme in politics. He was previously with the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau in Beijing, then China’s leading think tank.