China challenges the US chip curbs at the WTO
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“The threat environment is always changing, and we are updating our policies today to make sure we’re addressing the challenges posed by the P.R.C. while we continue our outreach and coordination with allies and partners,” he said, referring to the People’s Republic of China.
In 2019, Washington added the company to the so-called “entity list,” which restricts exports to select organizations without a US government license. The following year, the US government sought to cut off suppliers ofHuawei from using US-made technology.
As the Brookings Institution’s China expert, Ryan Hass, recently put it during an interview on the German Marshall Fund’s “China Global” podcast,”‘establishing guardrails’ is neither strategy nor policy… and is lacking in ambition.” Clear boundaries need to be set with China; this is an opportunity for the Biden administration to work with Congress to articulate and implement a clear strategic framework to advance our broader global interests, including boosting current efforts to explain the Chinese threat to a skeptical global South. Another Chinese balloon has been flying over Costa Rica in the last few days.
It needs to be seen in a different light. The view of globalization has been undermined by recent events. It’s now apparent that despite global integration, there are still dangerous bad actors out there — and interdependence sometimes empowers these bad actors. Good actors are able to limit the bad actors ability to do harm. The Biden administration is evidently taking these lessons into account.
It was not supposed to end this way. The view that trade promoted peace evolved into the postwar world trade system’s limits on protection of intellectual Property and waves of tariff reduction. This was the firm belief of Cordell Hull, F.D.R.’s secretary of state, arguably the father of that system. The European Union grew out of the 1951 Coal and Steel Community, established with the explicit goal of making war impossible by binding European industry together.
The country’s commerce ministry filed a formal complaint against the United States with the WTO on Monday, according to a statement. The two countries are both members of the trade body, which has a mechanism for resolving disputes.
“China’s filing of a lawsuit at the WTO is to resolve China’s concerns through legal means and is a necessary way to defend its legitimate rights and interests,” the ministry said.
The commerce ministry condemned the US move as a typical practice of trade protectionism and slammed it for threatening global supply chain stability. The complaint is the first action China has taken at the global trade body against the US chip sanctions.
Washington is encouraging its security partners to comply with chip-related curbs on China. Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, said on Monday that Washington had spoken with its partners including Japan and the Netherlands to tighten chip-related exports to China, according to Reuters.
In November 2018, just months after Washington hit Chinese telecoms giant ZTE Corp with an export ban, the Chinese government set up an industry alliance of companies and research institutes as part of efforts to design advanced chips. The group’s focus is on developing Risc-V, an open-source chip design architecture that has increasingly become a rival to Softbank
(SFTBF)’s Arm, the current global leader. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, along with the other members, are a part of the consortium.
While a decision has not yet been made, it was said that officials were considering cutting off China’sHuawei from US suppliers.
Huawei has vehemently denied such claims, and its founder and CEO has repeatedly said the company would never hand data over to the Chinese government. Western security experts said that Chinese companies are required to comply with demands for information.
What does the US shoot down of a spy balloon tell us about the horrific crimes of President Biden and his embassy in the South China Sea?
Beth Sanner was a deputy director for National Intelligence for Mission Integration, she was in charge of the elements that coordinate and lead collection, analysis and program oversight. She was also the president’s intelligence briefer. She is an analyst for CNN and a professor at the University of Maryland. The opinions in this commentary are her own. View more opinion on CNN.
The protestations about the outrageousness of the US shoot down of a spy balloon seems a little rich, to say the least. One thing is clear: China has itself been “violating international standards” by aggressively asserting claims over international waters and airspace. Chinese immigrants in the US and other countries have been monitored and harassed by China’s covert police stations. China has violated international standards in its systematic mistreatment of its Muslim minority. Is it necessary for me to continue?
Though still describing them as “infrequent actions,” the US Navy reported an uptick in unsafe intercepts by Chinese fighter jets last summer; in December 2022, a Chinese fighter jet flew just 20 feet in front of the nose of a US Air Force RC-135 surveillance plane carrying 30 crew over international waters in the South China Sea, forcing it to swerve to avoid a collision. During the G20 Summit in Indonesia five weeks ago President Biden and President Xi talked about new mechanisms for stabilizing their relationship and pledged to do so.
The most impressive example is that of George W. Bush. Two Chinese fighter jets harassed a US navy plane in the international waters near China in 2001. One collided with the EP-3 and crashed. The EP-3’s pilot managed to regain control of his heavily-damaged plane and made an unauthorized emergency landing on China’s Hainan Island. Some of the US crew members were put in handcuffs and held incommunicado before they were released.
Had any damage or loss of life happened when China downed the US craft, the Chinese would have had to place blame on the US. Protests would have erupted in front of the US Embassy and China’s Ambassador to the US swiftly withdrawn.
The Chinese balloon was identified as floating over Montana, and my first reaction was the same as yours: shoot it down. But in my decades as a senior intelligence official, my role in such circumstances was to focus on the facts, not the outrage, highlighting the intelligence community’s knowledge — and the gaps in our understanding — and providing a measured, clear-headed assessment. In meetings probably held in the White House Situation Room multiple times over the past week, a senior intelligence official would have joined the US military, level-setting the discussion in this vein. So I’m inclined to buy the risk-benefit calculus that drove the decision to wait to shoot the balloon down until it was flying over shallow US waters where the risk posed by a large debris field was minimal.
I am waiting for the hyperbole to reach new heights, and I can already hear the war drums beating, as we advance closer to the 2024 election and who will be the toughest on China? China bashing is a brand of McCarthyism that has already become dangerous because of the rise of anti-Asian rhetoric in the US.
We should come up with a plan that will hold China accountable and allow for needed dialogue. If we follow Beijing’s lead it will surely be a race to the bottom, making it harder to avoid what we all wish to avoid — military conflict with China.
The US Commerce Department is restricting six Chinese companies tied to the Chinese army’s aerospace programs from obtaining US technology without government authorization.
The six companies are: Beijing Nanjiang Aerospace Technology; China Electronics Technology Group Corporation 48th Research Institute; Dongguan Lingkong Remote Sensing Technology; Eagles Men Aviation Science and Technology Group; Guangzhou Tian-Hai-Xiang Aviation Technology; and Shanxi Eagles Men Aviation Science and Technology Group.
The Discovery of Three Chinese Objects in the United States and its Implications for the U.S. National Security and Supremacy
“The Commerce Department will not hesitate to continue to use the Entity List and our other regulatory and enforcement tools to protect US national security and sovereignty,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves said in the statement.
In the beginning of last year, the US has used warships and planes to gather intelligence on China, as claimed by the Chinese spokesman. All this was proof, Wang claimed, that the U.S. is “without a doubt the world’s largest surveillance habitual offender and surveillance empire.”
There are balloons that are similar to the one found above Montana in recent years over Japan, India and Taiwan. China admitted a high-altitude balloon found above Latin America this month was its own, though it said the balloon was a civilian airship doing weather research.
Three objects were brought down by forces from the U.S. and Canada. American officials have not disclosed what kinds of objects they were or who sent them.
The Ministry of Commerce said in a statement that two companies will be added to China’s sanctions list. They are not allowed to invest in China.
Beijing has previously imposed sanctions on both companies in relation to their arms sales to Taiwan, without specifying what the penalties would entail and how they would be enforced. China has never had control of Taiwan, which the Communist Party views as its territory.
The unfortunate incident resulted in the postponement of a visit from the US Secretary of State to China, which was scheduled to take place earlier this month. The trip was expected to help ease tension between the two powers following a meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping during the G20 summit in Bali in November.