TikTok row: Microsoft pursues deal as China vows to resist US sanctions

Acquisition plans confirmed hours after US secretary of state says Chinese software firms are feeding data directly to Communist party

China has pushed back against the threat of further action by the US against its software companies, after Microsoft revealed it was pursuing an acquisition deal for TikTok.

On Sunday, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, told Fox News Donald Trump was likely to take unspecified action in the coming days.

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