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America’s policies towards technology from China don’t always seem consistent.
Biden administration, Trying to figure out what to do about apps from China, including TikTokIt is owned by the Chinese internet giant ByteDance. We authorities have been worried for years He said the Chinese government could turn the information gathered by the social media site against the Americans.
However, the League of Legends video game, owned by Chinese Tencent, is also popular in usa Chinese e-commerce app Shein a hit among young Americans and collects information from their phones. Are these good?
The US government has effectively banned Smartphones from Chinese companies such as Huawei. But US companies buy powerful computers called servers made by Chinese companies, and almost all smartphones Americans buy are made in Chinese factories. Is it good?
There is a difference between a data collection application and a laptop assembled on a Chinese assembly line. But because there is so much distrust towards China US people and for politicians, it can be difficult for Americans to distinguish legitimate national security or economic threats from fictitious ones.
Dr. Graham T. AllisonProfessor of government at Harvard University.
Dr. Allison told me that viewing any technology linked to China as a major crisis could be a risk to US security and power. The trick, he said, is for policymakers and Americans to prioritize and tackle the riskiest technologies from China while upgrading America’s.
The challenge facing Americans and our government is: How should we approach a future where important innovations will not necessarily come from countries that share America’s values?
Americans didn’t have to think much about this question until recently. In the past half century, the most fundamental global technologies have come from the United States, including computer chips, number-multiplying databases, personal computer software, and many popular applications such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
Trying to keep these technologies off our shores may not be possible, and Americans may miss out on important innovations.
In addition, US officials may not consider every Chinese application or software used by hotels They may lose focus on the most serious technology risks from China as a national security threat. relentless cyber attacks Stealing information from US companies and government agencies.
Coworker David E. SangerA White House and national security correspondent told me that US policy towards Chinese technology may seem inconsistent from the outside because sanctions against Chinese firms are often announced piecemeal, and Biden management officials they have yet to explain in detail the broad philosophy behind their actions.
But David also said it’s difficult for a single policy to encompass multiple US goals for regulating Chinese technology:
Dr. Allison said that it is easier for the US to be tough on Chinese technology and to oppose that country’s technology. protectionism of indigenous technology Rather than actively investing in America’s own technology capabilities. He suggested what he said Million Talent Program to help promising international students stay in the US and start tech companies.
The challenge for Americans and the government, then, is figuring out when to build a wall on Chinese technology and when to allow competition. As technology becomes more global, the United States will need to better attack by investing in America without automatically fearing any technology from China.
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