Heritage Report Address China’s Aspirations of Tech Dominance, Part 2 of 2: State Tech Purchases

Today CTT releases our summary – Part 2 of 2 – of some of a new Heritage Foundation report, “Winning the New Cold War: A Plan for Countering China.” Today’s post focuses on prohibiting U.S. state government purchases of Chinese technology.  *  *  * “In July 2022, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center issued a bulletin warning that “Leaders at the U.S. state, local, tribal, and territorial levels risk being manipulated to support hidden PRC agendas….The advisory concluded that ‘geopolitical reality has placed state and local officials in the United States on the front lines of national security.” (p. 66) Engage State and Local Governments The Heritage paper does an excellent job of identifying and offering policy solutions for various… Read More

Heritage Report Address China’s Aspirations of Tech Dominance, Part 1 of 2: Export Controls and Tariffs

A landmark report out this week from the Heritage Foundation points the way forward on countering the most consequential strategic threat facing the U.S. in the 21st century: the Chinese Communist Party. The ultra-comprehensive report addresses the dangers emanating from the CCP across multiple domains, including national security, economic, and homeland security arenas. Helpfully, the report also offers prescriptions for fighting back against China’s hopes of dominating technological arenas. Today we release our summary – Part 1 of 2 – of some of the report’s major recommendations, beginning with export controls and tariffs to ensure U.S. leadership in semiconductors.  * * * Part 1 – The Crucial Importance of Semiconductors. “Semiconductors, also known as microchips, are omnipresent, critical to the… Read More

Georgetown’s CSET Scrutinizes State Spending on Banned Foreign Tech Threats

CSET Joins Heritage and China Tech Threat in Calling for State Procurement Restrictions In July 2019, the Department of Defense Inspector General published a report exposing $30+ million in military spending on commercial over-the-shelf products such as Lexmark printers and Lenovo computers. These companies are dangerous, among other reasons, because they give the Chinese government a potential access point to sensitive data. Early the next year, China Tech Threat conducted a thorough review of state contracts and spending on both companies, confirming that about 40 states purchased products from Lenovo and Lexmark. Today Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) published a new study that extends and expands on China Tech Threat’s earlier work. “Banned in D.C.: Examining… Read More