Nhà đầu tư Mỹ mắc kẹt trong cuộc tranh cãi về TikTok

công ty đầu tư lớn của Hoa Kỳ như General Atlantic, Susquehanna và Sequoia Capital sở hữu cổ phần của ByteDance, công ty mẹ của TikTok. Khoản đầu tư của họ ngày càng bị chỉ trích

A bill to force ByteDance to sell TikTok is winding its way through the Senate after sailing through the House this month. Questions about whether TikTok’s Chinese ties make it a national security threat are mounting. And U.S. investors including General Atlantic, Susquehanna International Group and Sequoia Capital — which collectively poured billions into ByteDance — are facing increased pressure from state and federal lawmakers (nhà lập pháp liên bang) to answer for their investments in Chinese companies.

Last year, a House committee began examining U.S. investments in Chinese companies. The Biden administration has curbed U.S. investments in China. In December, a Missouri pension board voted to divest from some Chinese investments, after political pressure (áp lực chính trị) from the state treasurer. And Florida passed legislation this month to require the state’s Board of Administration to sell off its stakes in Chinese-owned companies.

For years, these firms were able to hold up ByteDance as a star investment, especially as TikTok became increasingly popular around the world. Owning a stake in ByteDance helped the investment firms strengthen relationships in China and open up other deals in the country, a vast market (thị trường rộng lớn) with a population of 1.4 billion.

More recently, lawmakers have called out U.S. investors who supported Chinese tech advancements. In February, a congressional investigation determined (cuộc điều tra của quốc hội xác định) that five American venture capital firms, including Sequoia, had invested more than $1 billion in China’s semiconductor industry since 2001, fueling the growth of a sector that the U.S. government now regards as a national security threat.

To get the most for their stakes in ByteDance, U.S. investors would need a public listing or a sale, even one that was federally mandated. But it remains unclear if the bill to force a sale of TikTok will pass the Senate. Senator Maria Cantwell, Democrat of Washington and the head of the Senate Commerce Committee, has said that she supports TikTok legislation but that it is “important to get it right.”

No resolution appears imminent (giải pháp dường như sắp xảy ra), which means scrutiny (xem xét kỹ lưỡng) of ByteDance’s investors is likely to linger.

source: nytimes,

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