The logo of the Chinese social media app TikTok, Beijing, China, July 2020
Florence Lo / Illustration / Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden has inherited from his predecessor, Donald Trump, a slew of flawed executive orders that sought either to ban or to limit the activities of Chinese technology firms in the United States. Trump attempted to ban the popular social media app TikTok in August 2020, and he tried to restrict the operations of companies such as WeChat, Alipay, and Huawei in U.S. markets. In the name of safeguarding national security, these measures would have created an American Cyber Grand Canyon to rival China’s Great Firewall, radically curbing the freedom of Americans to navigate the Internet

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