The US will ban Apple and Google from hosting apps with payment in yuan

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US Republican senators want to ban American app stores, including Apple and Google, from hosting apps with the ability to make payments in China’s digital currency. Senators fear that the payment system may allow Beijing to spy on Americans.

According to the bill, app stores “must not host or support applications in the USA that allow transactions to be made in e-CNY”. The bill was put forward by Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio and Mike Brown.

According to Cotton, with the help of the digital yuan, the Chinese government can “track all transactions in real time. Ethat creates privacy and security issues for Americans who pay in China’s digital currency.”.

The bill was introduced after Chinese applications began accepting payments in e-CNY. For example, the WeChat messenger with more than 1.2 billion users and the popular payment application Alipay support payment in China’s digital currency and are available in Apple and Google stores.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington called the bill “another example of senseless intimidation of foreign companies”.

“The United States unreasonably abuses state power for national security”, – the Chinese Embassy in Washington added.

Earlier, Chinese researchers called for the development of new anti-satellite means so that China could disable or even destroy SpaceX Starlink satellites if they threaten national security.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also accused the United States of total surveillance of Americans and politicians from different countries. In addition, Lijian called the USA the “hacker empire”.

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