• Thursday, December 28 - Deck the Halls with China Tech Threat’s Holiday Reading List
    Coonen: Defense Spending Increases Will Be Irrelevant If We Don’t Curtail China Acquisition Of U.S. Technology. Following his praise of Congress for increasing defense spending and military capabilities in the Indo-Pacific in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), former Defense Technology Security Administration Senior Advisor and CTT Special Advisor Steve Coonen warns that increased spending could be irrelevant without complimentary export […]
  • Friday, October 6 - Failed Export Controls One Year Later, Blacklisted Chinese Chipmaker’s Thriving U.S. Business, PRC-Controlled Lenovo Sold on Navy Bases
    WSJ: “Blacklisted Chinese Chip Maker Does A Thriving Business With U.S.” Just days before the first anniversary of sweeping new export controls announced by the Biden Administration, a Wall Street Journal story on blacklisted Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC)’s “thriving business” with the U.S. raises questions if the restrictions are “tough enough.” The story features […]
  • Wednesday, August 23 - CTT-CPA “Ca$h Over Country” Report Exposes How 3 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. […]
  • Thursday, August 17 - CTT Summer Reading – Legacy Chips Finally Noticed by Biden Admin, CHIPS Act Challenges, PRC-Tech in 46 States
    CHIPS Act One-Year Anniversary: August 9 marked the one-year milestone of President Biden signing the CHIPS and Science Act to restore American semiconductor manufacturing, yet major challenges lie ahead. In a new video, Retired Major General James ‘Spider’ Marks explains problems with the U.S. government turning a blind eye to legacy chips as China accelerates efforts to dominate the […]
  • Wednesday, May 17 - CTT Releases 50-State Analysis of Spending On Restricted Chinese Tech
    Did your state contribute to the more than $285 million states have spent on dangerous PRC-owned technology? The answer can be found in China Tech Threat’s (CTT) new state research and analysis of spending on restricted Lexmark and Lenovo technology that now includes all 50 states. The analysis is being released today as an update […]
  • Thursday, May 11 - Export Control Whistleblower Testimony, U.S. Legacy Chip Neglect, State Spending Report
    New CTT Substack: China Tech Threat (CTT) is now on Substack! Please take a quick moment to subscribe (for free) here to receive our latest posts, research and analysis. Former DOD Export Control Official Tells House Committee Broken Export Control System Practices Willful Blindness. In testimony delivered Thursday before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on BIS and export controls in […]
  • Wednesday, April 19 - Every Chip Matters: The Looming Chinese Legacy Chip Monopoly
    Friends,  Today China Tech Threat unveiled a new resource – – which includes both a quick :30 explainer video for busy people and a 16-page research report for policy experts. China Tech Threat summarizes the problems surrounding a potential Chinese-dominated legacy chip market and provides three solutions to address it. When it comes to semiconductors, the […]


  • Wednesday, December 28 - 2022 End of Year Newsletter
    Chinese Military-Aligned Chipmaker YMTC Added To Entity List – At Last. On December 15 – after blowing by a self-imposed December 6 deadline – the U.S. Commerce Department announced that YMTC, a state-backed chip maker with close ties to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has been added to the Entity List, along with other Chinese companies. The announcement comes […]
  • Monday, October 24 - October 2022 Newsletter
    CTT Hails Export Control/YMTC Announcement, Calls For Vigilance And Continued Action. On October 7, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced long-awaited export controls to restrict the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) ability to purchase and manufacture certain high-end chips used in military applications. BIS also added YMTC to the Unverified List, a likely precursor to landing […]
  • Tuesday, September 27 - Chips Act Is All Carrot, No Stick & State Actions To Prohibit Risky Tech
    New Reports On Apple Deal With Chinese Military Chip Maker Taints iPhone 14 Release. As Apple prepares to unveil its iPhone 14 smartphone at its “Far Out” event today, BusinessKorea add new scrutiny to earlier reports that Apple is compromising American security by shipping devices with chips from the Chinese military chipmaker YMTC. The new reporting suggests that […]
  • Thursday, July 7 - June Newsletter
    China Tech Threat Questions Commerce Department’s Export Control Policy. In advance of Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Under Secretary Alan Estevez’s July 14 appearance before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing on export controls, China Tech Threat (CTT) issued a memo on BIS’ failure to apply China-related export controls. The memo highlights the potential dissonance between Estevez’s stated long-term […]
  • Sunday, June 26 - May Newsletter
    State Policy Proposals To Counter China Tech Threats. China Tech Threat (CTT) released a memo to state policymakers offering four specific policy ideas to counter China threats at the state level. CTT has been closely tracking the state-federal tech threat disconnect that puts states at risk of intrusion by the People’s Republic of China. In a Forbes column, CTT Co-Founder Dr. […]
  • Wednesday, April 27 - YMTC Threat Continues to Grow; American Companies May Be Breaking U.S. Law
    The Financial Times reports that the U.S. government is examining whether YMTC, a Chinese state-owned semiconductor manufacturer with deep ties to the Chinese military, is supplying Chinese telecom giant Huawei with chips for its 20e phone. If true, that relationship poses enormous legal risk for American companies currently doing or hoping to do business with YMTC, including […]
  • Wednesday, March 30 - March 2022 Newsletter
    YMTC Chips May Be In The Next iPhone. Light Reading’s Iain Morris broke news based on a recent Credit Suisse report that Apple, the world’s most valuable company, is in talks to use YMTC chips in the iPhone 14. YMTC is a known Chinese military fab. As Morris aptly put it, “YMTC’s presence in the best-selling smartphone would look […]
  • Friday, February 4 - February 2022 Newsletter
    Release Of BIS Recommendation #3: Strengthen SME Restrictions To Prevent China’s Self Sufficiency. We released our third in a series of policy recommendations meant to help leaders at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) prevent adversaries from acquiring and weaponizing sensitive U.S.-made technologies. CTT’s third recommendation calls for the next BIS head to prioritize […]


  • Thursday, December 30 - End of Year Newsletter 2021
    China Tech Threat Launches Policy Recommendation Series For BIS While awaiting Senate confirmation of Alan Estevez as the new Under Secretary for Commerce of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Thea Kendler as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, China Tech Threat (CTT) has launched the first in a series of recommendations to help […]
  • Tuesday, December 7 - December 2021 Newsletter
    China Tech Threat Launches Policy Recommendation Series For BIS While awaiting Senate confirmation of Alan Estevez as the new Under Secretary for Commerce of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Thea Kendler as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, China Tech Threat (CTT) has launched the first in a series of recommendations to help […]
  • Friday, October 15 - October 2021 Newsletter
    October 19: Event With FCC Commissioner Carr On Expanding The Covered List. On Tuesday, October 19, China Tech Threat is hosting a virtual event with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on expanding the FCC’s Covered List. The 2019 Secure and Trusted Networks Act directs the FCC to establish a “Covered List” of communications equipment and services that pose […]
  • Friday, August 13 - August 2021 Newsletter
    New Vlog: Pittenger On Massive China Campaign To Collect Data.In the second vlog of our High Tech Heist video series on banking cybersecurity, Dr. Roslyn Layton sat down with Congressman Robert Pittenger to discuss the growing threat of Chinese data collection, his work as lead author of the 2018 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act […]
  • Sunday, July 4 - July 2021 Newsletter
    BIS Event: 4 Former BIS Heads Spanning 4 Administration’s Talk Future Of Bureau. Register here to attend China Tech Threat’s July 13 virtual event featuring four former heads of the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) spanning the Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations. Hosted by China Tech Threat Co-Founder Dr. Roslyn Layton, the discussion […]
  • Wednesday, June 30 - June 2021 Newsletter
    BIS Watch: Register For June 8 “Let The Chips Fall At BIS?” Panel. Register here for  Tuesday’s virtual panel event with China Tech Threat Co-Founder Dr. Roslyn Layton, Stephen Ezell with the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Will Hunt with Georgetown’s Center for Security & Emerging Technology, and Emily de La Bruyere with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The […]
  • Monday, May 24 - May 2021 Newsletter
    BIS Watch: CSET Releases Security Checklist For Next BIS Leader Roslyn Layton spoke with Saif M. Khan just prior to his new post as Director for Technology and National Security at the National Security Council about a report he released in March while serving as a research fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). […]
  • Thursday, January 28 - January 2021 Newsletter
    Coming Soon: Report on Chinese Government IT Vendors And The Threat To U.S. Banks. A cyber attack on a bank can devastate its customers and systems, and a cyber attack on the US Treasury—which SolarWinds came dangerously close to achieving—could bring down the country. Despite the major investment by US banks in cybersecurity and many […]


  • Thursday, June 27 - China Tech Threat – Recent Highlights
    As the U.S. government increases its scrutiny of Chinese firms that manufacture telecommunications equipment, and news reports continue to highlight the communist government’s state-sponsored hacking, it is worth underscoring the various cyber threats that emanate from China. recently highlighted 10 reports from experts, think tanks and government agencies that carefully outline the scope and […]
  • Monday, May 20 - Launch Announcement
    HIS JUST IN: This week President Trump signed an Executive Order that bans U.S. firms from using telecom equipment manufactured by foreign businesses deemed national security threats – namely Huawei. While the decision deserves praise, a larger discussion is urgently needed about how Chinese-owned companies such as ZTE, Lenovo and others may imperil national security, […]