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Islamic Republic of Iran is ‘controlling the war narrative’ on TikTok with Chinese media

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The Islamic Republic of Iran, which is Hamas’s state sponsor, has been spreading propaganda through the Chinese version of TikTok, Douyin. Chinese state media outlets also share Hamas’ propaganda on Douyin as well, in order to promote a pro-Hamas and pro-Iran narrative.

The Islamic Republic’s Embassy has backed Hamas’ attack on Israel and blamed the United States for tensions in the Middle East, and have vowed to support Hamas’ efforts through its proxies in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.

“The Iranian Embassy in China released a video: What is hell on earth? Hell looks like Gaza after Israeli bombing,” said Chinese-state-run media outlet Guancha in a post.

The Foreign Desk writes that the Chinese Foreign Ministry has deliberately avoided mentioning Hamas while maintaining a distance from Israel. Chinese officials have tried to position Beijing as a peace broker in the Middle East conflict but has not condemned Hamas and its terrorist actions.

Iran’s Embassy said on Twitter that its followers on Douyin crossed the one million milestone. Tehran’s China mission now has over 1.3 million followers on Douyin.

Since the Hamas attack on October 7th began, the Iranian Embassy’s videos on Douyin have generated hundreds of thousands of views. A video message and visuals of the bombing of al-Ahli Hosptial in Gaza by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad was posted last week, and the Embassy of Iran stated that Israel “must be internationally designated as a terrorist.”

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Border Patrol Council President concerned over ‘influx’ of military-aged Chinese men crossing the southern border

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According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data Border Patrol agents detained over 30,000 Chinese individuals for illegally crossing the border from January to November 2023, sparking concern.

Just The News reports that National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Wednesday said the United States should be incredibly concerned by the influx of military-aged Chinese men coming across the southern border.

“Why are we seeing this influx?” Judd asked on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “At best, they’re just coming here for a better life or for a better job. At worse, they’re coming here to be part of the Chinese government, and that’s what scares me an awful lot.”

“We know that the Chinese have huge gangs here in the United States, and they control certain parts of our country,” he later said. “They control the drug flow. They control the prostitution. They control everything that’s illegal in certain portions of the country. We have to look into that. It’s very important that we understand why we are having so many people from China, especially military-aged men, from China.”

“I don’t want to cause mass hysteria where United States citizens are violent towards people from China,” Judd said. “However, we have to … allow the intelligence community to do their job. We’ve got to let law enforcement do their job and look into these individuals.”

Many Chinese immigrants are leaving due to economic conditions in China and its strict lockdowns, Yahoo News reported.

“Again, at best, they’re here for a better life,” Judd said. “At worst, they’re here to be part of the Chinese government to infiltrate our own country.”

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