About Us

About China Tech Threat

In late 2022, Retired Major General James “Spider” Marks joined China Tech Threat (CTT) as Principal. Over the course of his distinguished Army career, General Marks served the U.S. in a variety of roles, including as senior intelligence officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom and as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence School in Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

We invite you to read more about General Marks’ views on the China Tech Threat here.

Additionally, General Marks provides his thoughts about the Chinese government’s structure, culture, and intentions in a series of five one-minute videos, which you can watch here.

Prior to General Marks’ leadership, China Tech Threat was co-founded in 2019 by Dr. Roslyn Layton and John Strand for the purpose of protecting privacy, security, and prosperity from malicious technology produced by Chinese government-owned companies.

Through Strand Consult, Dr. Layton and Mr. Strand still conduct research about China here. Dr. Layton also continues to opine at China Tech Threat, Forbes, and in other forums.

What We Believe

China Tech Threat was launched in 2019 to combat the threats associated with technology produced by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and, more specifically, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Recognizing the CCP’s unique power to create global tech ecosystems that threaten American national security, prosperity, and data privacy, we offer policy solutions to protect the American people.

We overwhelmingly concentrate on five categories of threats:

  • Threats to U.S. national security stemming from Chinese tech companies’ partnerships with the Chinese military.
  • Threats to American jobs, prosperity, and technological supremacy from Chinese semiconductor manufacturers such as YMTC and CXMT.
  • Threats to Americans’ cybersecurity and data due to Chinese companies such as Lexmark and Lenovo infiltrating U.S. state governments.
  • Threats to user privacy and human dignity from malicious technologies produced by Chinese companies such as Hikvision.
  • Threats of user data theft and surveillance from Chinese tech companies such as TikTok.

Why is China especially concerning?

FBI Director Christopher Wray has affirmed that China is “biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security.” While many countries engage in malicious cyber activity, the PRC – at the direction of the CCP – is the worst perpetrator of illegal or otherwise malign cyber activity targeting the United States.

Under the “Made in China 2025” initiative, China hopes to concentrate the world’s high-tech manufacturing inside its borders and dominate the world’s tech supply chains. Given the intensifying geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China, and the Party’s demonstrated use of technology to oppress, the American people should refuse to be dependent on China for their technological needs. Sadly, China is already the world’s top producer of computers and smartphones, and Chinese companies such as Huawei and DJI have proliferated their products inside the United States, giving the Chinese Communist Party ample potential avenues to steal from, spy on, propagandize, and coerce the world’s technology users.

Today, the Chinese government – masterful at positioning its agents to hide in plain sight  – intentionally blurs the lines between public and private enterprises to advance the nation’s technology goals.  For example, China’s 2017 National Intelligence law mandates information sharing between “private” businesses and intelligence agencies, even for Chinese businesses operating in other countries. Therefore, every company based in China – especially those heavily tied to the Chinese military and the Chinese state – should be regarded as a potential arm of Beijing.    

We focus on the government of China, not the people of China

China Tech Threat brings attention to threats emanating from information technologies (IT) produced by entities owned and affiliated with the government of People’s Republic of China. We recognize that the Chinese Communist Party has a monopoly on political power inside China and, as such, is not representative of the Chinese people. We do not seek to undermine the prosperity of the people of China or stifle legitimate competition in the global technology sector.  We seek to defend Americans from the Chinese Communist Party.