New CTT Data Indicates States Continue To Spend Millions on Restricted Tech

States Making Progress to Curtail Further SpendingChina Tech Threat’s original 2020 research found that nearly 40 states had contracts to purchase technology Chinese government-owned technology manufacturers Lenovo and Lexmark. Beginning in Fall 2022, we began to re-examine data from each state to determine if the states have made payments to either company, how much was spent, and where those products were deployed. As of May 2023, we verified payments from 48 states totaling more than $285 million since 2015, with some states spending as much as $47 million on Lexmark or Lenovo products. (Read the briefing paper here.)In January 2024 we returned to this research in select states and discovered that states currently debating bills to stop the… Read More

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Bill to Protect State from China Threats

China Tech Threat (CTT) provided expert testimony at a February 8 Nebraska Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting, where the committee heard from Senator Eliot Bostar on his bill,  the Adopt the Pacific Conflict Stress Test Act and the Foreign Adversary Contracting Prohibition Act ( LB 1300).During Senator Bostar’s testimony, he shared, “LB1300 prepares the state’s supply chains and critical infrastructure for the risk of a Pacific conflict that Beijing consistently signals might occur.” Further adding, “Given that Nebraska is the home to Strategic Command and other critical American assets, it is not hard to imagine Nebraska being a target of cyberattacks and other disruptions. We cannot control these global risks, but we can and should prepare for… Read More

CTT Allies Heritage Action and State Armor Helping Fuel State-Level Momentum to Ban Dangerous Chinese Technology

China Tech Threat has spent years urging state governments to prohibit the use of dangerous technology from Chinese-owned companies such as Lexmark and Lenovo. The threat has not abated: This week the federal government disclosed that Chinese hackers have already spent five years lurking inside critical infrastructure. State-level leaders should recognize that the Chinese Communist Party is looking to exploit every possible technological avenue to steal data, derail critical services, and spy on Americans.Thankfully, in just the past two weeks alone, lawmakers in six states (Utah, Maryland, Tennessee, Nebraska, Maine, and Arizona) have taken new legislative action to protect residents, businesses, government offices, infrastructure, and personal and sensitive data from threats posed by the Chinese government.This fight is… Read More

Nebraska Bill Will Help Protect State from CCP Influence

On January 16, 2024, Nebraska State Senator Eliot Bostar introduced the “Adopt the Pacific Conflict Stress Test Act and the Foreign Adversary Contracting Prohibition Act” (LB1300). The bill comes as the update research shows the state continues to spend taxpayers’ dollars on risky Chinese technology.Research released by China Tech Threat (CTT) in 2023 revealed that the state spent $206,797 on restricted Chinese technology from Lenovo. That number has only grown since then, with updated reach showing the total now equals $207,848. Our fact sheet shows purchases by the Attorney General’s office and Nebraska State Patrol which are now at risk of sensitive information being put in jeopardy because of the use of these risky technologies .With this bill,… Read More

Statement by China Tech Threat on Recent News Story

A news story posted which reflects China Tech Threat (CTT)’s success highlighting the danger of using technology manufactured by Chinese-owned companies.  During the course of our discussion with this publication, we repeatedly asserted that since its origin in 2019, CTT has never published anything that was factually incorrect. Likewise, the outlet was unable to identify any inaccuracies or sources which contradicted CTT’s research.  We are proud of our work and commend the many organizations, experts, and policymakers that create transparency about the risk of using technology owned and affiliated with the Chinese government.   .kb-row-layout-id9927_e6b475-ed .kt-row-column-wrap{align-content:start;}:where(.kb-row-layout-id9927_e6b475-ed .kt-row-column-wrap) .wp-block-kadence-column{justify-content:start;}.kb-row-layout-id9927_e6b475-ed .kt-row-column-wrap{column-gap:var(--global-kb-gap-md, 2rem);row-gap:var(--global-kb-gap-md, 2rem);padding-top:var(--global-kb-spacing-sm, 1.5rem);padding-bottom:var(--global-kb-spacing-sm, 1.5rem);grid-template-columns:minmax(0, 1fr);}.kb-row-layout-id9927_e6b475-ed{background-color:#f3f3f3;}.kb-row-layout-id9927_e6b475-ed .kt-row-layout-overlay{opacity:0.30;}@media all and (max-width: 1024px){.kb-row-layout-id9927_e6b475-ed .kt-row-column-wrap{grid-template-columns:minmax(0, 1fr);}}@media all and (max-width: 767px){.kb-row-layout-id9927_e6b475-ed .kt-row-column-wrap{grid-template-columns:minmax(0, 1fr);}} .kadence-column9927_58cc13-40… Read More

The U.S. Has Work to Do at Home to Stop the PLA’s Modernization

By Steve CoonenIn a sign that it still knows how to do at least one thing right, Congress has lately been busy preparing the U.S. military to fight and win against the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). In December, the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the House of Representatives with increases in defense spending and military capabilities in the Indo-Pacific. These desperately needed steps will help America’s warfighters (and those of our partners and allies) deter Chinese military aggression. But these actions will ultimately be irrelevant if the Biden Administration and Congress do not similarly curtail China’s ability to use U.S. technology to modernize the People’s Liberation Army. Both branches of government would be wise to implement recent… Read More

SMIC’s Boom Shows Last Year’s Export Controls Haven’t Properly Limited the PRC’s Semiconductor Capabilities

A year ago on October 7, the U.S. government seemed like it was getting tough when it issued  long-awaited export controls targeting the Chinese chip sector. But, one year in, it is now evident that these restrictions have not been adequate to stop China from making major chip advances or positioning itself to dominate the global semiconductor space.As Kate O’Keefe and Asa Fitch report in the Wall Street Journal, Chinese semiconductor maker SMIC is under some form of sanctions from the Department of Defense, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of Commerce. But it still took in $1.5 billion in 2022 from American semiconductor design companies. That revenue can be plowed back into SMIC’s research and development process… Read More

China Inches Closer to Legacy Chip Dominance – Will the U.S. Government Act Fast and Strong Enough? 

A collection of recent headlines reinforces what China Tech Threat has been warning about for months – that the world is increasingly at risk of relying on China for its legacy semiconductor needs.The news tells the story of China’s march to obtain total self-sufficiency in semiconductors. This month the world saw Huawei unveil a phone with a 7nm chip made by SMIC – a technological breakthrough that caught many by surprise. CNBC reports that revenue from China’s top chip equipment makers surged in the first half of the year. And Arrian Ebrahmi notes in The Diplomat that China is boosting the country’s tax credit for investments in semiconductor research and development by 20% – further incentivizing Chinese firms to… Read More

4 Export Control Fallacies and Their Rebuttals

By Steve CoonenWriting in the Wall Street Journal last week, professors Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman criticize American export control policies as having the potential to create more problems then they solve. Pointing the finger at America as a force for destabilization is divorced from the reality of the global export control landscape. China’s commitment to using American technologies to build up its military has necessitated export controls targeting the country’s chip sector.Here are four fallacies promoted in the article (in italics) and my rebuttals:Fallacy #1: The U.S. is to blame for export control-related global disruptions“A new tit-for-tat is emerging, and as China responds to the turn in American policy, there is a risk that the… Read More

CHIPS Act Anniversary: Must Play Offense and Defense

Today, in honor of the first anniversary of the CHIPS Act, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said, “The CHIPS for America program is a historic opportunity to solidify America’s leadership and protect national security.”Yes, the CHIPS Act is an important step in developing our own capabilities, but to be successful, we need to play offense and defense. Former Pentagon Chinese tech advisor Steve Coonen makes this point in the video below.Coonen cautions that we shouldn’t assist adversaries like China by supplying them with the semiconductor manufacturing equipment that they need to boost their own capabilities. For China, the ultimate aim is to dominate the global semiconductor market. We’ve seen this playbook before. China will subsidize and dominate – just… Read More