Apple will be put into a very difficult situation if it is forced to remove WeChat from its App Store.
"We have worked with WeChat in the past to identify opportunities to work with restaurants that can get set up. WeChat actually recently started a series where they are working with Napa Valley to promote business there and promote tourism," said Darlene Chiu Bryant, executive director of GlobalSF.
Bryant also cautioned against a disruption in cross-border investment, as her company helps bring in investment from around the world, especially China.
Some users said they planned to access WeChat in the U.S. using a virtual private network (VPN).
Some Chinese immigrants and expats worry losing access to the popular WeChat could cut off contact with family and friends in China.
In 2019, Chinese visitors spent more than 1.3 billion dollars visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. For many of them, WeChat, with its ability to make payments, played a valuable role.