These are decisive hours for relations between the USA and China, which see the former involved in the difficult choice of whether or not to ban the TikTok app and on which hangs the strong probability of seeing the ties between the two nations worsen.

In a bipartisan vote, which we need to understand how it will be followed by that of the Senate, today the United States House will decide on whether to carry forward the law that wants to force ByteDance

to sell its network to Western capital very popular

social network

all over the world.

According to what was communicated by the White House, Joe Biden will sign the "Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act", turning it into law if it reaches his desk.

The bill specifically asks the holding company that owns TikTok to

sell the app within 180 days

under penalty of seeing it banned from the Apple and Google app stores in the United States with the possibility that it would then open the way to

presidential intervention

in the case where other apps fall under the control of a country considered an adversary of the United States. 

“This latest legislation, passed at unprecedented speed

without even the benefit of a public hearing

, poses serious constitutional concerns,” Michael Beckerman, TikTok's vice president of public policy, wrote in a letter to the bill's co-sponsors of law seen by AFP. 

“Although it has never found evidence that TikTok threatens American national security, it has never stopped repressing the social network,” was the response of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. 

Co-sponsors, House Republican Mike Gallagher and House Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi, as well as the White House, argue that the bill does not constitute a Tik Tok ban, as long as the company divests from ByteDance. 

Donald Trump, however, has said he is against a ban, especially because it would strengthen Meta,

the owner of Instagram and Facebook, which he has called an "enemy of the people."

As president, Trump attempted to wrest control of Tiktok from ByteDance, but was blocked by US courts.

Now that a major investor in TikTok, hedge funder Jeff Yass, donates funds to his campaign, Trump changes his tone.    

In turn, TikTok firmly denies any ties to the Chinese government.

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew is currently in Washington, trying to rally support to stop the bill.