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U.S. politicians must decide what they really want from TikTok

Data exploitation and geopolitical issues have gotten muddled

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TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testifies before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23.   © Reuters

Rui Zhong is the program associate for the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S. at the Wilson Center in Washington where she oversees the Mapping China's Cultural Genome project.

The issue of TikTok's future in the U.S. blends Washington's policy toward China and vast, thorny problems of data privacy and safety.

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