92.3 F
College Station
Thursday, June 17, 2021

China Is Stealing Our Technology and Intellectual Property. Congress Must Stop It

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

(Madmaxer/Getty Images) As Congress considers a bill to aid our technology competition with China, it must work to ensure that the CCP doesn’t just steal more of our secrets.

The Senate is moving fast to pass the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which will spend significant taxpayer dollars to help Washington compete technologically with China. The bill must include strong “research security” provisions to stop China’s rapacious program of acquiring science and technological know-how. U.S. science and technology programs have not been well protected from Beijing to date, and as Congress pumps more government funding into the U.S. research enterprise, such laxity in protecting American intellectual property (IP) can no longer be tolerated. While other costs to U.S. national power are more difficult to measure, the U.S. Trade Representative estimated in 2018 that Chinese theft of American IP costs U.S. firms between $225 billion and $600 billion every year. General Keith Alexander, a former National Security Agency director, has called China’s technology theft “the greatest transfer of wealth in human history.”

Members of Congress should revisit the full range and scope of the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign-technology-and-science-acquisition programs and address them in the bill. A crucial fact for congressmen to consider is that acquisition of foreign technology is not an incidental or secondary concern of Beijing’s grand strategy; it is a core component of Beijing’s ambition to be the world’s leading power. The CCP believes that erosion of the U.S. technological base is a requirement for its grand designs. Indeed, General Secretary Xi Jinping has made acquiring “key core technologies” one of his foremost goals.

Foreign-Technology-Acquisition Strategies and Programs
While the CCP long ago began acquiring foreign technology to address its own gaps, technology-acquisition programs were given new importance in 2016 when Xi Jinping announced the “Innovation-Driven Development Strategy,” a goal of making China a “science and technology innovation power” by 2050. The IDDS drives foreign-technology acquisition through well-capitalized government investment-“guidance” funds and organizations such as the State Industry Innovational Alliances, which bridge military-industrial groups, academia, and Chinese companies to implement government priorities. Other guiding

Continue reading on National Review

More articles

- Advertisement -

State News

Autopsy Report: Constitutional Carry Finally Passes Finish Line

Legislation removing the requirement for Texas gun owners to hold a permit from the state in order to carry their firearms has finally been...

Rivals Challenge Abbott on Employer Vaccination Mandate

Rivals of Gov. Greg Abbott have spoken out on the situation in a Houston hospital where employees are resisting their employers’ vaccine mandate. The...

Fort Worth Parents Plan Rally Against Critical Race Theory

Last month, a group of Fort Worth parents attended their local school board meeting and passionately spoke to end the use of critical race...

Conflicting Messages as Abbott Signs Bill on Critical Race Theory

A stronger ban on critical race theory is one of the items Texas lawmakers will be tasked with when they return for a special...

Autopsy Report: Taxpayers to Reluctantly Continue to Fund Lobbyists

The 87th legislative session has reached its conclusion and though several bills were filed to ban the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, ultimately none of...

Continue reading on National Review