In advance of Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Under Secretary Alan Estevez’s appearance before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee July 14 hearing on export controls, China Tech Threat issued a memo to congressional staff and interested parties on BIS’ failure to apply China-related export controls. The memo highlights the potential dissonance between Estevez’s stated long-term priority to “stop [China] from using our technology against us” and Secretary Raimondo’s assertion that “selling a commodity product to a Chinese company is in and of itself not problematic.”
It also poses a set of key questions that would help clarify Commerce Department’s position on employing China-focused export controls:
- Does the Commerce Department plan to impose export controls in response to the threat from YMTC? If not, why not?
- Does Secretary Raimondo share Under Secretary Estevez’s view that China is a priority issue for the Bureau of Industry and Security? If yes, why hasn’t more action been taken?
- Have American semiconductor manufacturing equipment firms such as Applied Materials, KLA, and Lam Research lobbied Secretary Raimondo and/or Alan Estevez against controls on YMTC and related entities? What about Apple?
- What is the justification for the Commerce Department lobbying the Netherlands to impose new export controls on chipmaking technologies bound for China, while the U.S. takes no corresponding action?