Amid TikTok sale, one other Chinese tech agency sells US operations


Beijing/San Francisco, September 2

As the Donald Trump administration has requested ByteDance to promote operations of its hottest brief video platform TikTok within the US, a Chinese resort administration options supplier has change into one other sufferer to promote its enterprise within the nation.

Shiji Group, a China-based international hospitality know-how supplier which has Kempinski resort as one in every of its shoppers, stated on Tuesday that its board has authorised the choice to promote its 100 per cent managed US subsidiary StayNTouch to MRC, a US resort working firm, after a White House administrative order, stories The Global Times.

“Shiji will apparently become another Chinese victim to be forced to sell its US business after ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, amid a trend of US government’s crackdown on Chinese technology companies on the ground of ‘threatening national security,'” Liu Dingding, a Beijing-based impartial Internet analyst, advised the Global Times.

According to the Shiji’s official web site, the corporate had acquired StayNTouch, a US-based firm that gives cloud-based resort administration options.

Trump signed an administrative order lately, requiring Shiji to divest all pursuits associated to StayNTouch, claiming that the “company poses a potential threat to US national security”.

“Since March, when the US administration ordered that Shiji divest our interests in StayNTouch, our concern was to find the right custodian for the company and its customers,” Shiji Group COO Kevin King stated on the corporate’s web site.

The firm reached a deal to promote 100 % of StayNTouch for $45.5 million to MRC, the fifth-largest resort owner-operator within the US.

“The US crackdown on Chinese tech companies has become a trend since the US government started to corner Huawei, with its aim to suppress the development of China’s high-tech sector,” Dingding was quoted as saying.

Some speculations surrounding the sale of TikTok’s US operations could quickly come to an finish because the brief video-sharing platform owned by Chinese unicorn ByteDance has reportedly reached a deal.

A profitable bidder for TikTok’s US, Australia and New Zealand companies might be introduced on the earliest, CNBC reported on Monday, citing unnamed individuals conversant in the matter.

While Walmart entered into the fray in partnership with Microsoft, Oracle is one other prime contender for the deal.

An earlier report tentatively pegged the value of the deal within the $20-$30 billion vary. — IANS



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