Washington State Spends Nearly $9 million on Restricted Chinese Technology

Just this month, two members of the House Homeland Security Committee continued the warnings over specific security and privacy threats posed by emerging Chinese tech companies. And now research shows the State of Washington is has emerged as a new risk center with neary $9 million spent on restricted Chinese government-owned technology, including risky purchases by the Washington State Legislature and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. We are still seeing one of the largest threats come from state governments continuing to purchase U.S. military-restricted equipment. This includes buying products from Lenovo and Lexmark, Chinese-owned companies that have been restricted by multiple military and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and around the globe because of security deficiencies. Through a… Read More

Summarizing AEI’s Derek Scissors on Decoupling, Semiconductors, and BIS

Derek Scissors, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), is a leading expert on trade and economic policy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He wrote the definitive guide to economic decoupling and offers a critical review of the actions of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). As it relates to the eventual nominee to head BIS, he recently told China Tech Threat: “The Undersecretary for Industry and Security must accept that the philosophy of more sales always benefitting America is now damaging with respect to China and advanced technology. The most important sign of that acceptance is fully implementing the 2018 export control reform within six months of taking office.” One of Scissors contributions is the… Read More

Roslyn Layton Tells Voices of America The Importance of Securing the Semiconductor Industry in Both the Long and Short Term

During President Biden hosted a virtual meeting with leaders of some of the country’s biggest companies impacted by a global shortage of semiconductors, on April 12, he noted that the U.S must find a way to “strengthen our domestic semiconductor industry and secure the American supply chain.”  This meeting and the President’s urgency on this matter is commendable. However, in an article published by Voice of America White House Bureau Cheif Steve Herman, Roslyn Layton made it clear that the short-term issue of a shortage of semiconductors for the automotive industry should not be confused with the larger, existential problem that the United States does not produce enough of its own chips. Dr. Layton went on to say that there… Read More

Biden Administration Giving Attention to Semiconductor Supply Chains

At the end of February, President Biden issued an Executive Order directing several federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America’s supply chains. One of the directives is for the Commerce Secretary to submit a report to the President within 100 days “identifying risks in the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chains, and proposing policy recommendations to address these risks.” To aid in that effort, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a notice of request for public comments. China Tech Threat’s Roslyn Layton responded, highlighting research on this important area, including her recent report with the Coalition for a Prosperous America’s Jeff Ferry on “Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors and Countering China’s Threats.” Her comment… Read More

Calling on Sen. Schumer’s Leadership To Help Halt Government Purchases from Chinese State-Owned IT Forms

Following Senator Schumer’s recent announcements about next-generation semiconductor research initiatives coming to Albany, China Tech Threat today issued a letter to Sen. Schumer requesting his support in determining what guardrails exist to prevent government purchases from Chinese state-owned manufacturers, particularly in New York State as the home to the world’s financial markets.  The letter by China Tech Threat Co-Founder Dr. Roslyn Layton cites New York’s State’s purchase of more than $28 million in technology products and services by Chinese state-owned tech manufacturers Lenovo and Lexmark, which have ownership ties to the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party. It was issued as New York plans to allocate $23.5 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funding, much of which will be used… Read More

Summarizing CSET on Security Without Collateral Damage

Saif M. Khan is a leading tech policy expert with a background in intellectual property law and an education in physics. A Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), he studies AI policy, semiconductor supply chains, China’s semiconductor industry and U.S. trade policy. Khan has written many, highly detailed reports which reflect on the importance of export controls and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). He recently told China Tech Threat: “It is important for policymakers to have a deep understanding of both the complexities of export control regulations as well as the relevant technologies and supply chains to ensure export controls are crafted in a targeted way to achieve their intended security goals while minimizing… Read More

New York Spent Over $28 Million Vulnerable On Chinese Technology. New Procurements Should Close that Door

The State of New York is home to world’s financial markets, a leader in modern optics and electronics, a hub for biotech innovation, and, soon, potentially the next Silicon Valley of semiconductor design and manufacturing. Those industries also make it a prime target for state-sponsored cyber-attackers. Yet, the state’s procurement policies provide little insight into what, if any, guardrails exist to prevent government purchases from Chinese state-owned manufacturers, whose products may contain built-in vulnerabilities. Recently the New York Office of General Services requested bids for a significant hardware technology purchase, which will likely be decided in the weeks ahead. China Tech Threat contacted the office to understand whether they consider federal restrictions on technology makers and how they weigh the… Read More

Layton Warns Senate on China Digital Yuan, Urges Scrutiny of Next SEC Chair Nominee

China Tech Threat co-founder Roslyn Layton issued a policy letter today to the U.S. Senate, urging a sharp focus be placed on the needs of the U.S. cryptocurrency and blockchain industry when handling the confirmation of the next Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Layton warned of a “deliberate lack of regulatory clarity” under outgoing SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, which has benefited China and other U.S. rivals while disadvantaging American companies.  “This has to change in the next administration,” she urged. “A Biden administration has promised technocratic competence, bipartisan cooperation, and ‘building back’ American economic power that can compete with and win against China,” Layton wrote in the policy letter.  “The U.S. cryptocurrency and blockchain industry wants to… Read More

Three Brands to Avoid on Cyber Week: Part 3—Motorola

Expect smartphones to be a popular gift this holiday season. A recent survey found two-thirds of   respondents plan to upgrade to a 5G-capable phone this year. On Black Friday, smartphone sales reached $3.6 billion, a 25% increase over last year and 40% of total online spending. About three-quarters of Americans will only consider a brand they are familiar with when shopping for a smartphone. But consumers would be wise to do a little digging to be sure they know what’s behind the brand-name they are considering. Which brings us to the last in our cyber week series of brands to avoid this holiday season—Motorola. Motorola sold the first world’s first cell phones in 1983 and has been in the mobile… Read More