China would prefer to see the short video app TikTok shut down its operation in the USA, rather than a forced sale by the Trump administration, reported Reuters. The news report, quoting three people with direct knowledge of the matter, said that Bejing believes a forced sale would make China appear weak. Microsoft and Oracle are in talks with Bytedance for the purchase of TikTok assets in the USA.  Trump’s deadline for sale will end in mid-September.

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