In these deadly serious days of the pandemic and the U.S. presidential poll, one has to search for the laughs.
Happily Tik Tok is providing mine.
Yes, yes, I know it is designed for younger consumers.
But it is not the content that provides my chortle.
It is the belief by the orange-tinted US Presidential candidate DonaldTrump that he can force ByteDance, the owner to sell Tik Tok to an American buyer.
Not only that, but that he can slice a percentage off the top of the transaction and claim it is for the public purse.
What is funny about that, you ask?
Well the premise is ridiculous.
Trump’s submission thatTtik Tok poses a danger to US security is reportedly based on intelligence from the US military and security establishment.
Those are the very people warning that Russia is interfering in the US election to secure Trump’s re-election.
They are also the people whose information that Russia has paid bonuses to Afghan militia to kill US soldiers has been pooh poohed by the President.
If this potentially disastrous double standard doesn’t exactly have you rolling in the aisles, how about the President’s misreading of the international game.
He tells reporters last week that they are talking too much about Russia and that he’s like to hear more about China from them.
If the media can help him understand that China is much more than a target for cheap shots at his unhealthy election rallies , it would be doing the U.S. a great service.
Trump plainly does not understand the strength of China nor does he grasp its penchant for playing the long game.
When President Richard Nixon made his ice-breaking visit to Beijing he asked Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai of his assessment of the French Revolution.
“Too early to say,” was Zhou famous reply, illustrating the depth of Chinese patience.
It is subsequently emerged that Zhou may have thought Nixon was talking about the 1968 worker/student uprising in Paris rather than the 1787 storming of the Bastille.
But it’s all part of the fun.
If you don’t believe me, ask Microsoft, Oracle and Walmart whose shares took an upward trajectory when they became part of the Tik Tok acquisition game.
The cold reality for those chasing the Chinese social network for user generated videos the world over is that the forced sale simply is not going to happen.
Chinese is not going to allow this asset to get lost because of a temper tantrum thrown by a man who realizing he is not going to be around much longer.