More Voices Call for Action to Stop Chinese Control of Semiconductors – Including “Mid-Range Chips”

This week started with an unusual endorsement of active export controls by a prominent financial titan. Warning of the prospect of a Chinese-dominated chip market in his annual letter to shareholders, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon stated: But China, using subsidies and its economic muscle to dominate batteries, rare earths, semiconductors or EVs, could eventually imperil national security by disrupting our access to these products and materials. We cannot cede these important resources and capabilities to another country. At the time, Ben Noon – writing a must-read story in Foreign Policy –offers a cogent analysis of a problem the U.S. government has so far little considered: how to stop China from controlling the world’s legacy chip market. Noon acknowledges… Read More

Update: Idaho’s Bill to Thwart Contracts with Chinese-Owned Companies Signed Into Law

Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed into law HB 294 that will prohibit public contracts with companies owned or operation by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Introduced by Representatives Sage G. Dixon and Edward H. Hill, the bill received overwhelming support in the House (67-7-1) and Senate (28-7). “The most important aspect of my anti-CCP effort is now our legislators understand the threat and realize that national security begins here at the state level. This is the most critical victory here. I intend to follow up with many more initiatives next session,” Rep. Edward Hill – Idaho State Legislature China Tech Threat’s Idaho research released in February 2023 revealed that between 2015 and 2022 the state spent $33 million on Chinese… Read More

Mississippi State Auditor Issues China Tech Spending Warning, Legislators Respond

In January, Mississippi State Auditor Shad White warned in the Sun Herald that government offices in his state “may be buying dangerous Chinese technology.” A recent China Tech Threat (CTT) analysis confirms there is cause for concern within findings that show Mississippi spent more than $400,000 on dangerous technology from Lexmark and Lenovo between 2018 and 2022. As detailed in the fact sheet here, this dangerous technology restricted by the federal government is being used in state agencies including the Division of Medicaid, the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Administrative Office of the Supreme Court. Personal health and medical data, as well as highly sensitive judicial and financial information, are made vulnerable to Chinese espionage by the use of… Read More

The FCC Makes a Statement: Support Taiwan, Fortify U.S. National Security, and Ban Invasive Chinese Tech

This week, Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr visited Taiwan to participate in meetings with Taiwanese government officials. This is the first time that a FCC Commissioner has visited Taiwan and the fourth U.S. delegation over the last several months. This U.S. delegation trip to Taiwan reinforces the importance of U.S.-Taiwanese relations as economic, strategic, and tech partners against China. According to Axios, Commissioner Carr “hopes his visit sends a strong message that ‘a free and democratic Taiwan — one that is independent from the [Chinese Communist Party]’s brutal authoritarianism — is vital to America’s own prosperity.’ He added that Taiwan’s chip industry is also important to American interests and economic growth.” This trip is the latest addition to a list… Read More