Chinese Whispers

How China is quietly cutting out American tech

32 min listen

In This Episode

Last week, President Joe Biden finally signed into law a bill that would take TikTok off app stores in the US, eventually rendering the app obsolete there. This is not the end of the saga, as TikTok has vowed to take legal action. In the US, the drive to decouple from Chinese tech continues to rumble on.

In this episode, we’ll be taking a look at the reverse trend – the Chinese decoupling from American tech. It’s a story that tends to go under the radar in light of bans and divestments from the US, but you might be surprised at how much China is cutting out American tech too – and doing it much more quietly.

Cindy Yu is joined by the journalist Liza Lin, who has been following this story in her detailed coverage for the Wall Street Journal. She is also a co-author of Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control.

Produced by Cindy Yu and Joe Bedell-Brill.

You can also join Cindy Yu at The Spectator‘s Chinese wine lunch on June 14th. To find out more and buy tickets, visit


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