Kansas Continues to Be at Risk Due to Restricted Chinese Tech

Since China Tech Threat’s (CTT) original report in 2023 on Kansas’s spending on restricted Chinese technology, we have found that the state of Kansas spent an additional $305,558 in 2023 on technology from Lenovo, Inc. also it was discovered that previously unreported data shows an additional $55,279 spent in 2018 and $38,500 in 2016.Our new updated report on spending shows that the state of Kansas spent a combined $4,025,443 on restricted Chinese technology from Lenovo, Inc. and Lexmark, Inc. between 2015 and 2023.We have identified that due to spending that select vulnerabilities in Kansas are the Department of Health and Environment, the Department of Commerce, the State Legislature, and the Board of Nursing.We encourage to lawmakers in… Read More

DOD-Restricted Chinese-Owned Tech Sold on U.S. Navy Bases + 4 Recommendations

While the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party is investigating how Chinese nationals have gained access to U.S. military installations, China Tech Threat is releasing our own policy memo on an equally concerning issue: How companies substantially owned by Chinese entities have effectively deployed their products inside the Department of Defense.Over the last decade China has become the United States’ top adversary, increasing their attempted espionage and surveillance against the U.S. government. Despite the known risks presented by Chinese technology companies, state and federal government agencies have continued to have relationships with Chinese owned and operated companies such as Lenovo, Lexmark, Hikvision, and DJI.As a recent example, the U.S. Navy continues to maintain a relationship with… Read More

Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Willful Blindness Series Recap

With Labor Day around the corner, the unofficial end of summer is almost here. So, here’s our final plug for beach reading from CTT special advisor Steve Coonen.Coonen, who spent more than two decades in uniform as an Army artillery and foreign affairs officer and then nearly 14 years as an analyst at the Defense Technology and Security Administration (DTSA), wrote a nine-part summer series for CTT on America’s broken export control system. The need to expose the administration’s willful blindless as it relates to export controls could not be more timely. Multiple outlets are reporting that one outcome of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s visit to China is an agreement between the U.S. and China to begin a series… Read More

CTT-CPA “Ca$h Over Country” Report Exposes How Three U.S. Toolmakers Are Boosting Dangerous Chinese Legacy Chipmakers

A new report co-authored by Coalition for a Prosperous America Chief Economist Jeff Ferry and CTT co-founder Roslyn Layton reveals how American semiconductor equipment manufacturing companies are earning billions from Chinese legacy chip manufacturers. That bad choice is undermining American national and economic security:American semiconductor equipment manufacturers (SEMs) have succeeded in lobbying the U.S. government to permit them to sell some of the world’s most complex technology to Chinese government-aligned firms making legacy chips. As can be documented from public data, American SEMs Applied Materials, KLA, and Lam Research have grown their combined revenues from China by 103% between 2018 and 2022..kb-image_8d3de2-89 .kb-image-has-overlay:after{opacity:0.3;}The Department of Commerce’s mission is to foster economic growth, and also to prevent adversaries… Read More

Is Your State 1 of the 46 That Has Purchased Banned PRC-Owned Technology?

Did your state contribute to the more than $285 million states have spent on dangerous PRC-owned tech? Has your state taken up policy to prohibit these dangerous contracts that put your residents, businesses and state infrastructure at risk? The answer to these questions can be found in China Tech Threat’s (CTT) 50-state research and analysis of spending on restricted Lexmark and Lenovo technology.View the interactive state maps at www.StopChinaSpending.com and the corresponding States of Denial vs States of Momentum reportThe links detail the 46 states that have recently made purchases from one or both PRC-owned companies, with recent spending totaling over $285 million. Scores of agencies charged with protecting sensitive data are using this dangerous technology, including six… Read More

Spy Balloon’s U.S. Components Point to the Need for Tougher Export Controls

By Steve Coonen, CTT Special AdvisorChina’s brazen violation of U.S. airspace to collect intelligence via a spy balloon has justifiably served as a clarion call for the American people to more closely scrutinize the threat to U.S. national security from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Now that the balloon is confirmed to have used commercially available American technologies, it’s clear that a China-focused national security strategy should begin with stopping American tech from supporting China’s military modernization efforts.The news that the spy balloon had U.S. parts in it underscores the fact that the Chinese government has no qualms weaponizing American technology against the U.S. As Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Sen.… Read More

Heavy Metal Beach Reading: Steve Coonen’s New Weekly Column Examines America’s Broken Export Control System

While many channel Alice Cooper with “School’s Out” as a summer anthem and get ready to kick back, the Chinese Communist Party remains steadfast in its ambition to be the dominant superpower, and chip supremacy is a top priority. As CTT Special Advisor Steve Coonen said in Willful Blindness, “The Chinese Communist Party is the greatest external challenge to American power of our time.”This summer, Steve is providing heavy but necessary beach reading to counter this challenge with a focus on our broken export control system. His column will be prominently featured on CTT’s Willful Blindness page. Keep an eye on it as well as Twitter via @ChinaTechThreat for more.For those who don’t know Steve, he joined CTT… Read More

As Nvidia Holds Its Annual Meeting, One Shareholder Raises the National Security Risk of Serving the PRC

By Steve CoonenCalifornia-based artificial intelligence chipmaker Nvidia had its annual shareholder meeting on June 22. Owners of the company’s stock should have plenty to be thankful for. The explosion of investor interest in AI technologies since ChatGPT’s emergence in November of last year has caused Nvidia’s share price to climb 200% in 2023, leading it to become one of only seven trillion-dollar companies by market capitalization. But there is a darker side to Nvidia’s growth that even the Biden Administration is now recognizing: its sales to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) which undermine American national security.On June 27 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Commerce is considering new restrictions on exports of AI chips… Read More

New York’s Spending On Risky China Tech Drops Significantly, But Goal Remains No Spending

China Tech Threat’s (CTT) initial reporting on state spending on risky Lexmark and Lenovo technology revealed that New York spent more than $28 million on technology from these manufacturers. The concerns with New York – home to the world’s financial markets, a leader in modern optics and electronics, a hub for biotech innovation, and soon the home to a $100 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant – deploying so much PRC technology have been well-documented by CTT.  Read more here. However, CTT’s updated state report released in May 2023 found New York has significantly reduced purchases of this dangerous technology already restricted by the  U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to its connection to the Chinese government and military. The New York… Read More

PA Taxpayers’ Data At Risk of Surveillance Through Risky Chinese Technology

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill prohibiting TikTok on state-owned devices and networks to protect Pennsylvania residents unanimously passed the Senate earlier this year. In addition to this bill, to properly safeguard taxpayers’ data, Pennsylvania should join the growing list of states passing laws to prohibit the purchase of other dangerous Chinese technology. As China Tech Threat’s (CTT) May briefing paper shows, states continue to use risky technology by Lexmark and Lenovo, manufacturers already restricted by U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to their connection to the Chinese government and military. CTT’s recent research reveals that unlike many other states, Pennsylvania has had no direct spending on this harmful technology since 2019; however, its purchase through third-party resellers is… Read More