The consequences for Android of Trump's new veto against China



Donald Trump continues to shake up technological news in his complicity between the United States and China. After warning that he would ban TikTok, in the last hours he has signed a new executive order that directly affects the popular music application, but also the largest Chinese messaging application, such as WeChat.

Trump's executive order has five key goals in what they have called the Clean Network project, a project that aims to "safeguard America's assets," according to the White House.

But what does the expansion of this project consist of? How does it affect us? What future awaits us as Android users? We analyze some of the key aspects.


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The Clean Network order
The United States Government has detailed a few hours ago a plan that goes beyond the grudges they already had against Huawei and extends it to practically any company from China that operates in the United States or does business with any Chinese company.

This plan is called Clean Network and in essence, aims to clean the American networks of companies or agents of little trust in the PRC (People's Republic of China). This new order consists of 5 new points.
  1. Operator cleaning: To ensure that unreliable PRC operators are not connected to telecommunications networks. These companies serve a national security hazard and should not provide international telecommunication services to and from the United States.
  2. Store Cleanup: Remove untrustworthy apps from US app stores. PRC apps threaten our privacy, spread viruses, and spread propaganda and misinformation. The personal and professional information of Americans must be protected.
  3. App Cleanup: To prevent untrusted RPC manufacturers from pre-installing or making trusted apps available in their app stores. These companies should remove their apps from the Huawei app store.
  4. Cloud cleaning: To prevent the most sensitive information of Americans, including intellectual property of COVID-19 vaccines, from being stored and processed in systems accessible to our foreign adversaries through companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent.
  5. Cable cleaning: To ensure that the marine cables connected to the global internet are not subverted by the intelligence of the PRC.

The most direct consequences of the veto
After detailing the government's plans in a general way, we have found the first victims of Trump's new veto against China.

The first we had already seen coming for a few days, and that is that last week Trump stated that they were thinking of vetoing the TikTok application of ByteDance from the United States. A week later you have signed the order, which will be effective within 45 days.

Tencent has also been another company affected by Trump's decisions, and that is that the WeChat messaging application will also disappear from the United States in 45 days. In the particular case of Tencent, this order has been made explicitly on WeChat (an application that acknowledges giving your data to governments) and will not affect popular games such as League of Legends (Tencent owns 100% of Riot Games) or Fortnite ( again, Tencent owns 40% of Epic Games) as our colleagues at Omicron say.

A potential long-term hazard
Beyond the imminent bans, this new order can cause a lot of damage to the health of Android in the long term, and it is that some aspects of this order can destabilize this order worldwide. Point 2, in particular, has great danger.

The fact that the United States has the power to remove applications from American stores (Google Play and the Apple Store) implies that at any given moment, a European user cannot download an application from China because they are entering an American store. The safest thing is that the application will only disappear from the catalog shown in the United States, but since it is not specific enough, it could change from one day to the next.

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The third point goes directly to Huawei, and that is that it directly urges American companies to remove their applications from the Huawei store and that those who have not uploaded their applications do not.

After having withdrawn all possible negotiations between Google and Huawei, this new imposition is another stone on the roof of the Chinese manufacturer. Beyond big technology, it also leaves so many other American developers out of the game for which it tries to position itself as an alternative to the Apple Store.

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