The Beijing-based company has applied to the municipal trade commission in the Chinese capital and is awaiting the decision, ByteDance announced on its online news platform Toutiao, without referring to negotiations on its US operations.
The request was filed about a month after China amended, for the first time in 12 years, a list of technologies for which export bans or restrictions apply. Preliminary approval of the application can take up to 30 days.
A spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce, Gao Feng, said on Thursday that the request had been received and would be handled in accordance with applicable regulations and procedures.
ByteDance has announced that its agreement with Oracle and Walmart will create an independent company in the US and does not involve any technology transfer, although Oracle will be able to inspect the source code of TikTok USA.
ByteDance also said the agreement needs the approval of both China and the United States.
However, the companies involved issued contradictory statements on the terms of the agreement they reached with the White House. ByteDance has said it will set up a US subsidiary called TikTok Global, in which it will own 80% of the shares.
Oracle and WalMart have also announced that TikTok Global will be largely US-owned, following an August 14 decree by US President Donald Trump that ByteDance will relinquish ownership of TikTok within 90 days.