The Trump administration has issued a series of executive orders intended to ban two major Chinese apps, TikTok and WeChat, from the U.S. market. The executive orders, which are based on national security grounds, will prohibit Americans from carrying out any “transactions” with the parent companies of TikTok and WeChat. In response, negotiations are underway for an American company to acquire some aspects of TikTok’s U.S. operations. Lawsuits have been filed by TikTok, its employees and WeChat users, challenging Trump’s executive orders. This rapidly developing situation poses multiple questions of national security, constitutional law and cybersecurity, as well as the implications on US-China relations.
Join internationally renowned experts Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, James Dempsey and Susan Shirk for an insightful discussion of the controversial executive orders from the perspectives of constitutional law, data privacy, cyber security and the US-China competition for technological dominance. Dr. Seagull Song, an Advisory Board member of the Asia Society Southern California Center, will moderate.