The Trump administration is locked in an effort to divest from Chinese technology firms and push its allies to do the same, according to the senior administration official leading what he described as an unprecedented effort to combat China’s dominance in the tech space.
Concerns are mounting in Washington, D.C., over China’s proliferation of key technologies that permit it to spy on citizens across the globe, including in the United States. From social media applications such as TikTok to Beijing’s 5G efforts with Huawei, Chinese technology has stormed the globe, providing a cheaper alternative to services provided by Western companies.
Yet these savings come with risks, Keith Krach, the State Department’s undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment, told the Washington Free Beacon. Krach is the principal point man in the administration’s multi-pronged effort to challenge China on the tech front.
“The CCP is a bully. We know when bullies are confronted, they back down,” Krach said. “They really back down when you confront them, and you have all your friends by your side.”
.@State_E Keith Krach: The CCP is trying to leverage 5G-enabled technology to create and export George Orwell’s version of “1984” into the 21st century. India has already banned 100+ Chinese apps. We call on all freedom-loving nations and companies to join The Clean Network. pic.twitter.com/jelxfWopfw— Department of State (@StateDept) September 5, 2020
Good ideas from @marcorubio on how the US should deal with high-risk #apps from #China and other foreign sources: https://t.co/SAI2h5lLb9 #TikTok #ByteDance #WeChat #transparency #socialmedia #privacy #nationalsecurity #tech— (((Alan Tonelson))) (@AlanTonelson) September 10, 2020
..#Trump admin is weighing whether 2 place export restrictions on China’s most advanced manufacturer of #semiconductors,a move that could cut 2 the heart of China’s ambitions 2 become self-reliant on critical technologies-#JUSTDOIT https://t.co/AZKIaHlEnu— Dan DiMicco (@DanRDimicco) September 6, 2020
The Trump administration has finally assembled a comprehensive strategy for technological competition with China. Read @adschina on how the U.S.-Chinese tech rivalry is likely to play out, no matter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election:https://t.co/L84oTRwBrb— Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) September 10, 2020
This is why Trump needs to be re-elected 👇 https://t.co/ZTHcQCrEVE— Frank (@FrankBullit67) September 9, 2020
"In Complete Shock": China's Lead Chip Maker Denies PLA Military Ties As Trump Mulls Blacklisting https://t.co/iziOQG2khV— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 6, 2020