Pedestrians chat as they pass the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing on August 7. US President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of TikTok, and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the US. Photo: AP Pedestrians chat as they pass the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing on August 7. US President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of TikTok, and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the US. Photo: AP
Pedestrians chat as they pass the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing on August 7. US President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of TikTok, and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the US. Photo: AP
Shirley Ze Yu
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Opinion

The View by Shirley Ze Yu

US-China relations: Trump is attacking Chinese tech firms to preserve economic dominance

  • There are two ways the US can win an economic war against China – coax its economy to grow faster than China’s or stifle the rise of the Chinese economy
  • The fastest way to victory for the US is to derail liberal market reforms in China and turn its economy away from the path of greater liberalisation

Pedestrians chat as they pass the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing on August 7. US President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of TikTok, and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the US. Photo: AP Pedestrians chat as they pass the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing on August 7. US President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of TikTok, and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the US. Photo: AP
Pedestrians chat as they pass the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing on August 7. US President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of TikTok, and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the US. Photo: AP
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Shirley Ze Yu

Shirley Ze Yu

Dr Shirley Ze Yu is Asia fellow at Ash Centre, Harvard Kennedy School, a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at London School of Economics, and an associate at the Lau China Institute at King's College London. She has held senior executive roles in Chinese and global corporations over the past decade, and was formerly a China Central Television (CCTV) news anchor.