February 7, 2023

CHINA OWN: Biden boldly goes where Trump couldn’t in Chinese tech wars

CHINA OWN: Biden boldly goes where Trump couldn't in Chinese tech wars

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The Biden administration has ratcheted up the economic pressure on China, taking moves earlier this month that could severely hamper Chinese efforts in the semiconductor industry. After unsuccessfully trying to convince many US allies to come along for the ride, the administration is now acting unilaterally out of concern that continuing advances in Chinese chip capabilities will not only serve to make China more competitive against America’s top tech companies but is also contributing to Chinese weapons advances.


According to Military Watch, China is now not only beating us logistically — capable of delivering supplies much faster and much cheaper — but has also moved ahead in several military-technological areas, including planes that are stealthier, longer-range quantum satellites, and hypersonic ballistic missile capabilities. Our Defense Department is continually finding itself falling further and further behind.

And while the Trump administration talked tough on China, the actions actually taken then were largely ineffective. Chinese companies on restricted lists were able to easily get around the restrictions simply by changing their names or addresses – evidently, the government doesn’t have Google.

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But now the Biden administration is forcing all American citizens working at Chinese manufacturers to make a stark choice: leave now or risk losing your citizenship. Unlike previous sanctions, the new regulations specifically target “U.S. persons.” We’re trying to choke China off at the head.

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What brought us to this point?

Well, for years we looked the other way while China stole our technologies and other intellectual property. The Chinese long strategy can be traced back to Deng Xiaoping, who successfully leveraged Chinese worker power to pave a new path for China in the wake of Mao Zedong’s death. He found an unwitting ally in this effort in China’s old enemy: the Japanese government. Japan was so eager to sell to China in the 1980s, that it let many of its manufacturing secrets slip into China’s hands.

The US has been making a similar mistake for years. Now the Chinese dragon has grown smarter, fiercer, and larger.

Biden has his sword out, but can he stop its fire?

Ross Rosenfeld is a writer from New York whose work has appeared in many publications, and who is proud to be hated by Rudy Giuliani and just as proud to be part of the Occupy team. Follow him on Twitter @RossRosenfeld.

Ross Rosenfeld

is a news analysis and opinion writer whose work has also appeared in the New York Daily News and Newsweek. He lives in New York.

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