Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, which owns TikTok. Photo: Reuters Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, which owns TikTok. Photo: Reuters
Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, which owns TikTok. Photo: Reuters
Hu Jianlong
Opinion

Opinion

Hu Jianlong

Chinese businesses are driven abroad by profits, not political agendas, whether it’s TikTok or a grocery store in the Congo

  • The fact Bytedance is a Chinese company does not mean it is doing the bidding of the Communist Party – or even has its support
  • The world needs to start making a distinction between China’s government and its private businesses

Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, which owns TikTok. Photo: Reuters Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, which owns TikTok. Photo: Reuters
Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, which owns TikTok. Photo: Reuters
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Hu Jianlong

Hu Jianlong

Hu is an entrepreneur and a freelance writer based in Bangalore, India. Hu was a Fulbright/ Humphrey Fellow in 2015-2016.