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Report: Trump To Bar U.S. Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat

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Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an order Friday to bar U.S. customers from downloading Chinese owned applications TikTok and WeChat. The order will take effect Sunday, sources told Reuters.

The Trump administration has raised concerns over China’s use of the apps, suggesting the Chinese government may be using the apps to collect information on its users for nefarious purposes.

President Trump gave TikTok a fast-approaching deadline to sell the app to a U.S. company, threatening to ban them from the country if they failed.

Oracle and Microsoft have reportedly been in separate talks with TikTok’s owner Bytdance to purchase the app, but the Chinese government has signaled that it will not allow a sale to go through.

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Number of illegal migrants from China, mostly single males, surpassing those from Mexico in some areas

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the total number of apprehensions from China at the conclusion of the 2023 fiscal year, was 24,048 persons, more than 10 times the 1,970 arrests recorded in 2022. Of the more than 140,000 Chinese nationals, mostly single males, who have illegally entered the United States since President Joe Biden took office, does not include persons who have evaded capture.

In one California border sector, where the majority are apprehended, CBP announced that between October and February, the 21,000 encounters with Chinese citizens surpassed the 18,700 Mexicans taken into custody.

Foreign Desk News explains that the migrants will typically fly to Ecuador, as there is no visa requirement, then pay guides to transport them to the U.S. border. Many of the transients will claim asylum on the basis that they are victims of the oppressive regime in Beijing.

The influx has caused concern in Washington over the possible national security implications, such as how on March 27, an unnamed Chinese individual was arrested for attempting to enter the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, without identification.

The Wall St. Journal reported that unauthorized Chinese citizens, often posing as tourists, attempted to access or surveil sensitive U.S. military instillations more than 100 times in recent years.

Last summer, House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green (R-TN), announced that his committee had obtained evidence from the U.S. Border Patrol confirming that many of the detained, and later released per Biden administration policy, have ties to China’s People’s Liberation Army.

 

 

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