Over the past few months there have been many issues of companies taking actions that seem to be based on appeasing the Chinese government.
Both are awful government's actively committing crimes against humanity.
Are you under the impression that the USA isn't already asking that question about the Chinese?
- Chinese "investors" getting access to Silicon Valley startups for "due diligence" before a theoretical investment
- Forced IP transfer
- Chinese-made networking equipment, drones, etc being banned
- More scrutiny of Chinese university students
Any wrongs you may have done don't enter into consideration when trying to prevent being wronged by others.
In this case it's about preserving values from undue foreign influence. Preserving values from undue domestic influence is a bit easier inside the USA.
These numbers are also very conservative estimates, given the state of siege.
Recipients like getting money, obviously.
Non-recipients generally don't have the power to interfere.
The US government has that power, but the US government is beholden to the Saudis' control over oil.
What binds them to the US is their dependence on weapons and military cooperation to maintain power, and conversely, the American defense industry's need for foreign markets.
The reason we hear so much about dependence on Saudi oil is to engender a false sense of helplessness and keep the latter relationship stable/unthreatened.
Twitter is a public company, it seems pretty unlikely that Saudi investment and Saudi spies getting hired by Twitter are related.
We not only tolerate it, we welcome and solicit it with open arms. For the same reason we push industrial waste and exploitative labor to developing countries!
If you read this and you have enough power to influence something like this and don't consider where your money comes from -> fuck you.
I'm not saying I support this position, only that it seems to be what it is.
Edit: Clay Davis said it best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU5IoHf3xdg&t=256