Microsoft's potential purchase of TikTok's U.S. operations has caused anger in China.
The proposed deal was one of the most talked about topics on Chinese social media site Weibo on Monday (August 3).
Where some online commentators criticized ByteDance, saying it did not show as much courage as Huawei....
Another Chinese tech company that is now on a U.S. trade blacklist.
One major investor in ByteDance, which owns TikTok, said any potential deal 'makes absolutely no sense'.
Jamie Hu said he couldn't see how selling large parts of TikTok's operations at such an early stage of its growth could ever be a good deal for ByteDance.
China's government did not respond directly to the Microsoft link, but did criticise Washington's actions against the country's software companies.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin.
"We call on some individuals in the U.S. to carefully listen to the voices of the international community, to provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory environment for each market and its investments and operations in the U.S., to stop politicising economic and trade issues, and to stop abusing the concept of national security."
Microsoft declared an interest in buying parts of TikTok on Sunday (August 2), so that it can keep functioning in the U.S., where it has 100 million users.
It comes after President Donald Trump threatened to ban the popular online app due to national security risks.
Trump has given the two firms 45 days to reach a deal.