Dr. Layton, Rep. Momtahan Join Rep. Fine to Discuss the Perils of State Contracts in Miami

The James Madison Institute – Florida’s top  think tank – hosted their annual Tech Summit in Miami  with a dozen distinguished speakers including Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. To address the growing China Tech Threat, Dr. Roslyn Layton was joined by Georgia Rep. Martin Momtahan and Florida Rep. Randy Fine. Dr. Layton set the tone, explaining that the separation of federal and state governments, while a prized feature of American governance, creates an opportunity for our adversaries. Recent stories in Fox News and the Associated Press demonstrate that the Chinese Community Party actively targets state and local American legislators and has already successfully hacked six state governments. Rep. Fine, a former Harvard economics instructor, cautioned… Read More

More Scrutiny of Apple Hugging the Chinese Communist Party

Apple’s launch of its new iPhone 14 last week served as a moment for elevated scrutiny. As China Tech Threat warned in a blog, the use of chips from the Chinese military chipmaker YMTC in the smartphone “Signals Era Of Dangerous Partnership With Chinese Military Chip Maker.” China Tech Threat wasn’t the only one sounding the alarm. Senator Marco Rubio told the Financial Times Apple is “playing with fire,” adding that “It knows the security risks posed by YMTC. If it moves forward, it will be subject to scrutiny like it has never seen from the federal government.” Sen. Rubio’s “rage,” as it is characterized by the New York Post, follows his April 2022 letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook… Read More

Apple’s iPhone 14 Release Signals Era Of Dangerous Partnership With Chinese Military Chip Maker

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 the partnership is laying the foundation for further Apple devices to be outfitted with the suspect circuits. “The move represents a strong win for YMTC and will ensure steady supply of flash memory for Apple’s next-generation products,” reports Tom’s Hardware.  @media all and (min-width: 768px){#kt-layout-id_5a0900-00 .kt-row-column-wrap .inner-column-1{flex:0 1 60%;-webkit-flex:0 1 60%;}#kt-layout-id_5a0900-00 .kt-row-column-wrap .inner-column-2{flex:0 1 40%;-webkit-flex:0 1 40%;}}#kt-layout-id_5a0900-00 .kt-row-column-wrap{padding-top:0px;padding-bottom:0px;} China Tech Threat raised the concern about Apple’s deal with YMTC in its report “Silicon Sellout: How Apple’s… Read More

Bringing the State-Federal Tech Threat Disconnect Discussion to Florida

Competition is hot across the U.S. as states look to attract industry and human capital fleeing California and other states. The profile of Florida, now America’s third most populous state, is rising for tech investors to park their money, entrepreneurs to start businesses, GenZers to buy a home, and parents to secure an education for their children. Florida ranks as the world’s 16th largest economy, between Mexico and Indonesia. Not only does Florida’s state government play a critical role to enable this flow with a mix of fiscal policy and incentives for families and enterprise, but it must also ensure the integrity, privacy, and security of government data. China Tech Threat Co-Founder Dr. Roslyn Layton will join the James Madison… Read More

The Most Dangerous Chinese Company You Haven’t Heard Of

While Chinese companies like Huawei and TikTok have grabbed headlines for threatening American national security and data privacy, the Chinese chipmaker CXMT is less well-known. That doesn’t make it any less dangerous. Founded in 2016, Changxin Memory Technologies (CXMT) was created as a “pilot demonstration” of the Made in China 2025 initiative – the Chinese government’s effort to make China the world leader in high-tech manufacturing. Like fellow would-be state champion chipmakers SMIC and YMTC, CXMT is awash in Chinese subsidies. The company’s strategy relies on IP theft to close ground against competitors.  It also has multiple business leaders also serving in important Communist Party roles and connections to the PLA. As China’s largest maker of DRAM (dynamic random-access memory)… Read More

Chips Act Is the Carrot, Where’s The Stick?

Josh Rogin’s recent column on the Chips Act, “Designed to compete with China, the Chips bill falls short,” calls needed attention to multi-front battle the US must be waging to halt China’s quest to dominate global high-tech manufacturing, and help us compete and win against America’s leading adversary. While the long overdue Chips Act will strengthen America’s position in the semiconductor market, create American jobs and bolster our national security, the bill will only be effective over the long-term when complemented with other strategies, like export controls and adding more companies linked to the Chinese government on the Entity List. CTT Co-Founder Dr. Roslyn Layton underscored these concerning omissions from the bill in a recent interview with the UK Telegraph… Read More

New Forbes Column: Commerce Department Inaction on YMTC Harms Americans, Shames Sec. Raimondo

For months China Tech Threat and other national security leaders have pressed the Commerce Department to put Chinese military-linked chipmaker YMTC on the Entity list. That move would prohibit U.S. firms from selling high-tech tools to YMTC – a much-needed step to protect Americans’ privacy and national security. Unfortunately, YMTC this week announced the ability to develop 232-layer chips, a major technological breakthrough. Any new Commerce Department export controls targeting YTMC will now be too little, too late. Forbes columnist and China Tech Threat co-founder Roslyn Layton’s new column elaborates on the problem: The Commerce Department is clearly failing on its mission to promote and protect US technologies from China. Many of its existing restrictions are not enforced, and bad… Read More

Commerce Department Reportedly Focused on SMIC, But What About YMTC and CXMT?

Reuters reports that the Commerce Department is considering banning exports of chipmaking tools to Chinese factories that make advanced semiconductors at the 14 nanometer node and smaller. This would significantly impact the ability of Chinese military-linked chipmaker SMIC from making the most advanced chips. The threat of SMIC is already clear. In a widely covered report provided to federal officials, James Mulvenon and his SOSI colleagues determined that SMIC – the largest and most sophisticated Chinese government-owned semiconductor maker – has multiple close ties to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Specifically, PLA researchers use SMIC chips and processes, indicating it is tailored for their purposes. For example, radiation hardening – which is used for military and space purposes – employ… Read More

Estevez Senate Hearing: Mixed Messages on YMTC Continue

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Under Secretary Alan Estevez testified to the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday about issues related to U.S. Export Controls. There is still no clarity what the U.S. government’s stance is on Chinese military-linked chipmaker YMTC. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia told Estevez that American memory chip manufacturers have complained to him about YMTC’s activities, which he said are “typical of a lot of the new Chinese memory and chip-related firms.” That is to say, they are tied to the Chinese military and benefit from massive subsidies designed to kill off foreign competitors. Sen. Warner also noted a recent Financial Times story detailing YMTC’s ties to Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications firm on the Commerce Department’s… Read More

U.S. Government on Export Controls: “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”

Bloomberg reports that the Commerce Department’s Deputy Secretary recently flew to the Netherlands to lobby the Dutch technology company ASML from selling advanced chipmaking equipment to China. That trip raises the question – if the U.S. government is lobbying other nations to curb exports of sensitive technologies, why isn’t the Commerce Department using its power to put export controls on certain American chipmaking technologies bound for China? ASML is one of the world’s most important companies in the chipmaking ecosystem. As China Tech Threat noted in its white paper on semiconductor export control policies, “only ASML produces extreme ultraviolet (EUV) photolithography equipment, which is necessary to manufacture state-of-the-art 5 nm chips.” Will Hunt, Saif Kahn (now at the National Security… Read More