After TikTok and WeChat it could be Alibaba's turn. For now everything is silent overseas, but it is well known that Trump and his staff of loyalists are working to extend the ban to other realities that have relations (direct or indirect, proven or not) with the Chinese government.
If for TikTok the ultimatum expires in mid-September before the censorship is put into practice (the interests of Microsoft and Twitter are at stake), there is still no risk for Jack Ma's company. apparent. Trump himself has repeatedly defined "friend"founder Jack Ma after he promised a generous donation to fight the coronavirus, but the danger it could come from others.
From Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for example, who recently mentioned Alibaba as one of the realities from which to protect the American people. The concern, for Washington, is always the same: not to provide intellectual property, information and sensitive data – including COVID-19 vaccine research – to Chinese companies working closely with Beijing authorities.
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However, it is true that it is not possible to put TikTok and WeChat on the same level as Alibaba: the first two are social platforms that include, of course, services that go beyond mere messaging – see payment systems -, but that have nothing to do with it. what to do with the empire created by Jack Ma with Alibaba, which bases its fortune on the cloud, digital payments and above all e-commerce.
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Another big difference concerns the presence of Alibaba in the United States, considered decidedly marginal unlike TikTok (and partly also WeChat). Imposing a ban would mean very little to Jack Ma in economic-financial terms, as his activities take place almost exclusively within Chinese borders. The attempt to expand in the West is recent, but at the moment it is limited to the opening of a logistics hub at the Liège airport to encourage Europe-China two-way trade. America, in this sense, is still quite a long way off.
But what could be of more concern are the investments currently underway in the cloud, to which Alibaba recently dedicated $ 28 billion. "Cloud" means data, and this – you know – the United States does not like it at all: how would they take it at the White House if American companies entrusted the Hangzhou cloud to save their information?
"Geopolitics is undergoing a historical transformation in this period", says a researcher from the Hinrich Foundation interviewed by CNN, according to which the accusations against Chinese companies are part of a much broader plan to make the Western tech sector completely independent from that of Beijing. And the ban imposed on Huawei would be the perhaps the most fitting example at present.
So Alibaba is preparing to enter the list of untrusted companies? Can the condition of reality protected by the Chinese government be considered sufficient to oust it first from the American market? American companies would no longer be allowed to sell their products on e-commerce platforms that are part of the Alibaba galaxy (Tmall above all). Would this be good for the US economy? Then, certainly not insignificant, how would Alibaba do without the US facilities, components and software on which it bases its activities? We would most likely find ourselves in front of a second case Huawei.
During this week, American companies have made themselves heard: consider for example Apple's tough stance towards the US government regarding WeChat censorship: expelling it from the App Store would entail enormous economic damage – according to Ming-Chi Kuo even the 30% less iPhone sales globally if the ban were extended to App Stores around the world. And the same concerns were also voiced by Ford, Walmart and Disney: "Those who do not live in China cannot understand how enormous the consequences are if American companies cannot use WeChat"said Craig Allen, President of the US-China Business Council.
Will banning Huawei, WeChat, TikTok, Alibaba and other Chinese companies secure the US economy (and population)? The fear, reports the Wall Street Journal, is that this decision could generate diametrically opposite effects in the long term: no greater security or protection, but less competitiveness for US companies on the world market.
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