Secretary of the U.S. Army: “We are in a competition with China that has far reaching consequences.”

This week Army Secretary Christine Wormuth joined Bonny Lin, Director at CSIS’ China Power Project, for a discussion on “China’s Power: Up for Debate 2021.” Secretary Wormuth delivered keynote remarks on the challenges posed by China’s growing power and the provided the view from the United States Army. From the outset, both Dr. Lin and Secretary Wormuth made it clear that over the last decade China has transformed itself into one of the world’s most formidable militaries. This was a notion that was evident in the most recent Department of Defense report to Congress on the military and security developments involving the PRC. Secretary Wormuth noted that the “while the United States was countering insurgency and combating terrorism in the… Read More

CTT Panel: U.S. Policymakers Should Focus on “Chokepoint Technologies”

During China Tech Threat’s “Unacceptable Risk: Expanding the FCC’s Covered List to Reflect Reality” forum Tuesday, participants roundly supported expanding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Covered List.” Panelists Colin Andrews (Telecommunications Industry Association – TIA), Jordan Brunner (national security attorney), Martijn Rasser (Center for New American Security – CNAS), and Emily Weinstein (Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology – CSET) applauded Commissioner Brendan Carr’s call for the FCC to add Chinese drone maker DJI to the Covered List. Mr. Rasser called it a “very encouraging step” and, Mr. Brunner encouraged policymakers to not stop there. There is a “very strong case” that YMTC, a top chipmaker in China with military ties, ought to be added as well, Mr. Rasser… Read More

FCC Commissioner: DJI is “Huawei on Wings”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will commence a process to add SZ DJI Technology Company (DJI), the world’s largest drone maker, to the agency’s “Covered List” of restricted equipment producers, Commissioner Brendan Carr announced during a roundtable forum hosted yesterday by China Tech Threat. “DJI is ‘Huawei on wings,’” Commissioner Carr stated. “Most people don’t understand the vast amounts of information being collected by drones.” DJI controls about a 50 percent share of the U.S. drone market and 70 percent of the global consumer and enterprise drone market. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) can leverage vulnerabilities in drone equipment to collect sensitive information on U.S. infrastructure, law enforcement and national security targets. The devices can employ facial recognition technology… Read More

Upcoming Event: Unacceptable Risk: Expanding the FCC’s Covered List to Reflect Reality

Spoiler alert: it is not a list any company would want to be on… Join us for an upcoming event on Tuesday October 19, 2021 at 11:30 AM ET. Roslyn Layton will be joined by FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and other prominent national security experts for a discussion about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s plan expand their “Covered List” of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons. The 2019 Secure and Trusted Networks Act directs only a handful of companies to be on the list. However, given what we know about entities affiliated with the People’s Republic of China, others could… Read More

China Tech Threat Headlines International Event On Global Security Challenges

Last month, China Tech Threat’s Co-Founder John Strand spoke about the future security challenges at the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum (PI-SF) at the Latin American Parliament, or Parlatino, in Panama. The gathering brought together leading US Senators like Bill Cassidy and Marco Rubio; the President of Panama Laurentino Cortizo, members of the European Parliament, and international policymakers working in cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, and cryptocurrency  PI-SF is the brainchild of Robert Pittenger, a former Congressman who led efforts to strengthen US policy toward China, notably with the FIRRMA and ECRA bills updating the Committee on Foreign Investment and export controls (ECRA). Pittenger co-authored a paper on reforms at CFIUS with China Tech Threat co-founder Roslyn Layton. Strand’s message was simple: policymakers must… Read More

Let the Chips Fall at BIS? Highlights Challenges, Opportunities for Biden Nominee

President Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will need to advance offensive and defensive measures to curtail China’s ambitions to dominate modern technology markets. That was among the participants’ recommendations during today’s virtual roundtable, “Let the Chips Fall at BIS?” The event, hosted by Dr. Roslyn Layton, featured Emily de La Bruyère, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Stephen Ezell, Vice President of Global Innovation Policy at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation; and Will Hunt, Research Analysist at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology. The event coincided with the release of the White House’s 100-day supply chain review report. Among the findings, the report highlights the… Read More

Cyber Security Forum: “We Are Outfitting Our Most Important Infrastructure with Chinese Products”

During a virtual roundtable event hosted by the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum, participants discussed the growing cyber threat against financial organizations and appropriate policy responses. “The rate of cyberattacks on U.S. financial infrastructure is increasing in severity and sophistication,” Dr. Roslyn Layton explained, despite greater government regulation and spending. Evidence overwhelming indicates these attacks are being perpetrated with greater frequency by Chinese state-sponsored actors. “I don’t know if it’s a coincidence,” Pavel Popescu, a member of the Romanian Parliament, said, “but the same day last week that Europe postponed signing a commercial agreement with China, the Brussels offices of the European Union were attacked through a cyberattack.” Part of the problem, Dr. Layton added, is inconsistent cyber security protocols, particularly disconnects… Read More

5G Security Challenges Webinar: “Lenovo is more Chinese than Huawei”

Last week, the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security forum (PI-SF) held a webinar titled “5G Security Challenges.” The second in the 5G security series, Congressman Robert Pittenger hosted a lively conversation featuring U.S. political leaders and European lawmakers to discuss the growing threat from China’s 5G ambitions. One major takeaway from the event was that we must be aware of the dangers of Chinese technolgy, not just from Huawei, but from companies such as Lenovo, GE and Motorola. As one panelist put it, “The Chinese Communist Party is hiding behind its vendors.” The webinar featured former Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), Hon. Jason Boswell, Head of Security for the Network and Product Solutions Department at Ericsson, and Hon. Sohan Dasguspta, Deputy Counsel for the… Read More

Roundtable Recap: China’s Threat to National and Economic Security in Democratic Nations

On November 19, the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum (PI-SF) hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on “China’s Threat to National and Economic Security in Democratic Nations.” The event was moderated by former U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger (NC-9), who, during his time in Congress, spearheaded legislation to halt the flow of sensitive U.S.-made duel-use technologies to China’s military. Unanimously, the expert panel agreed that China’s ambitions to control over modern technologies is a primary challenge to the United States’ economic and national security interests.  “There is widespread bipartisan consensus that we have failed in our efforts to bring China closer to our values,” said U.S. Representative John Curtis (UT-3). That realization prompted the creation of the China Task Force, which produced more than… Read More