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China’s retort to a forthcoming TikTok ban in the United States backfired on Tuesday in unexpected ways after Chinese social media users ridiculed Beijing’s own policing of the internet.

Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, accused the U.S. of lacking in self-confidence after the White House moved this week to purge all government devices of the short-video app over cybersecurity concerns related to ByteDance, TikTok’s Beijing-headquartered parent company.

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“How unsure of itself can the world’s top superpower be to fear a young people’s favorite app like that?” Mao said, according to the ministry’s official translation of her remarks. “The U.S. has been over-stretching the concept of national security and abusing state power to suppress foreign companies. We firmly oppose those wrong actions.”

“The U.S. government should respect the principles of market economy and fair competition, stop suppressing the companies and provide an open, fair, and non-discriminatory environment for foreign companies in the U.S.,” she said in a response that went viral on Weibo, China‘s main social media website.

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