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United States enacts US$95 billion aid package amidst TikTok controversy

President Biden signed a US$95 billion aid package aimed at supporting Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan and potentially banning TikTok, amidst mixed reactions on its broader implications.



United States President Joe Biden signed into law a sweeping US$95 billion aid package aimed at bolstering Ukraine and imposing measures that could lead to a nationwide ban on TikTok.

President Biden expressed strong support for the legislation, emphasizing its role in enhancing both national and global security, and reaffirming America’s commitment to its international partners.

“This legislation will make America and the world safer,” President Biden stated during the signing. “It demonstrates our continued leadership and crucial support to our allies enabling them to defend their sovereignty.”

The Senate approved the critical foreign aid package with a 79-18 vote on Tuesday after the House had passed it on Saturday.

The bipartisan support, however, was not without contention; fifteen Republicans and three Democrats opposed the bill.

President Biden acknowledged the challenges in navigating the political landscape to secure approval for the bill.

“It was a tough journey, but ultimately, we did what America does best—rise to the occasion and unite to get it done,” he said.

The package earmarks $60 billion for Ukraine, bolstering its defense against Russian aggression with American-made military equipment including patriot missiles and artillery shells.

President Biden condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions and reiterated the urgency of the aid, which will also replenish U.S. stockpiles with new production.

The aid extends beyond Ukraine, providing US$26 billion to Israel for its defense against Hamas and US$1 billion in humanitarian assistance to Gaza. This comes in response to recent attacks from Iran, with the U.S. aiming to bolster Israel’s air defences and provide critical aid to the region.

An additional US$8 billion is allocated for security measures in Taiwan and the broader Indo-Pacific, reflecting a comprehensive approach to U.S. foreign policy interests.

Controversially, the legislation includes a provision targeting TikTok, giving the app’s parent company, ByteDance, a nine-month window to divest its ownership or face a U.S. ban.

This decision, slated to take effect post-2024 election, has sparked significant debate and a promised legal challenge from TikTok, citing concerns over free speech and economic impact.

Proponents of the ban raise concerns over TikTok’s ties to its Beijing-based parent company ByteDance, suggesting that under Chinese legislation, the Chinese government could access American user data—a claim TikTok minimizes by noting its headquarters in Singapore and Los Angeles. They further argue that the Chinese government could potentially use the app’s algorithm for propagandistic purposes.

Reacting to the legislative action over the weekend, a TikTok spokesperson criticized the use of a crucial aid bill as a vehicle for the ban, arguing it infringes on the free speech of 170 million Americans, jeopardizes 7 million businesses, and threatens an economic contribution of US$24 billion annually from the platform.

Following the bill’s passage by the House, a TikTok insider — according to US reports — revealed that the company plans to challenge the law in court once enacted.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) hailed the legislative success, stating, “After more than six months of intense effort and overcoming many obstacles, America sends a powerful message of unwavering support to the world.”

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) noted the significance of the day, marking a pivot from isolationist tendencies within his party, influenced by figures like Tucker Carlson and former President Donald Trump.

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Thanks U.S.

As long as you are doing a good cause and the right thing like bombing the 2 cities in Japan during the WWII we appreciate it.

Without U.S, there wont be Singapore. be grateful to you.

Same goes for getting rid of the terrorist countries.

I fully support you, Israel and Ukraine.

When the President of the US says aid packages to ABC countries, it means American taxpayers’ monies are paid to American Weapons Manufacturers to supply arms to these countries. The result of this will be the increase of weapon stockpiling in surrounding ABC countries. It is an excellent business plan and the winners are the US, Britain, Germany and all countries who are in arms manufacturing. Israel and Ukraine are both duped into thinking that they have American support but are actually grounds to showcase American weapons so that American weapons sale continues endlessly. Peace can only happen if everyone… Read more »

Many western apps, esp America’s aren’t allowed in PRC, fully banned, or allowed limited ops. Yet when 🇺🇸 announced previously intent to take action against PRC over TT, they the Communists appeared did not waste any time, were reported to retaliate and plan to sue the 🇺🇸 to the fullest to protect their rights.

I laughed off my chair, plenty of times. But I can’t find any fault with my chair.

It’s totally ironic and disturbing that TikTokByteDanceCommChina are arguing for free speech !!!

, … … and oddly entertaining at the same time !!!