ByteDance is Reportedly in Talks with India’s Reliance Industries Regarding TikTok Investment

UTC by Daria Rud · 3 min read
ByteDance is Reportedly in Talks with India’s Reliance Industries Regarding TikTok Investment
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An investment in TikTok could not only allow Reliance to make deeper connections with consumers but also help ByteDance allay concerns of the Indian government.

Chinese tech giant and TikTok parent company ByteDance is reportedly in talks with Reliance Industries Ltd., Indian multinational conglomerate. The companies are discussing investment in social media app TikTok and a potential deal for TikTok’s business in India.

The two companies began conversations in late July and have not yet reached an agreement.

Data Issues, TikTok Ban and Microsoft Involvement

It all started with the outbreak of the US-China trade war. Over time, the relationship between the nations has been worsening, and recently, the U.S. President Donald Trump administration announced plans to ban the TikTok and WeChat apps on the premise that they are capable of being used to gather data on Americans for use by Beijing.

Then,  Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) showed interest in buying the US operations of TikTok. In response, Trump suggested for a complete purchase, noting that part of the transaction would go to the US Treasury since it is making the deal possible. According to Microsoft, they have to complete the deal by September 15. If successful, TikTok will run under a new structure. As Microsoft has explained, the acquisition involves the app’s operations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Besides, Microsoft hopes to allow American investors to participate in minority ownership of the company in this purchase. The sum of the deal is not yet clear, but it could be between $10 billion and $30 billion.

What about India?

India was TikTok’s largest market outside of China with over 200 million users.  TikTok’s business in India is valued at more than $3 billion. In June, after border tensions with China, the government also banned TikTok and other 58 Chinese apps, for threatening its “sovereignty and integrity”.

In July, Indian Reliance Industries and TikTok parent ByteDance started negotiations on the app’s future. It is now unclear if Reliance would like to acquire the whole of TikTok’s business in India or just part of it. But obviously, an investment in TikTok could not only allow Reliance to make deeper connections with consumers but also help ByteDance allay concerns of the Indian government.
Reliance Industries is an Indian multinational conglomerate company with headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Reliance Industries owns businesses engaged in energy, petrochemicals, textiles, natural resources, retail, and telecommunications. It is one of the most profitable and the most valuable company in India. In addition, on the Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in 2020, Reliance Industries takes 96th position.
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Daria is an economic student interested in the development of modern technologies. She is eager to know as much as possible about cryptos as she believes they can change our view on finance and the world in general.

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