Briefing

Trump OKs TikTok extension after ghosting app

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The federal government gave ByteDance, the parent company of the short-video social media platform, a 15-day extension to resolve alleged national security concerns. The new deadline is November 27. (Financial Times)

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Talking point: The extension comes two days after TikTok filed a U.S. Court of Appeals petition seeking clarity about the then-November 12 deadline Washington gave it to sell its U.S. assets. It filed the petition after not hearing back about its application for a 30-day extension. A deal for Oracle and Walmart to take ownership stakes in the video-sharing company’s U.S. operations remains up in the air. Meanwhile, the U.S. and China resumed backchannel diplomacy after stopping communication in recent months, according to the South China Morning Post. China also officially congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on their win, though did not call them by those titles: “We respect the choice of the American people, and we express our congratulations to Mr Biden and Ms Harris,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.