Technology industry

Chinese aggression in Taiwan underscores the need for a strong US tech industry

As Chinese officials show their military might in recent shows of force towards Taiwan, the world should take note of their not only military but also technological strength. These two are deeply interrelated, with technological superiority being a prerequisite for military superiority.

The only way for us to prevent China from achieving global tech hegemony is to engage and empower American tech companies and strengthen their efforts to innovate and grow.

Still, some US lawmakers are seeking to crack down on US tech innovators. These efforts will thwart the ability of technology companies to enhance economic success and protect US national security interests.

Lawmakers need to realize that China is investing hundreds of billions of dollars to become the world leader in innovation and technology. The United States must do everything it can to keep the technological advantage on the side of freedom and democracy.

While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a great interest in becoming the world’s technological leader, it also fails to ignore the rules of conduct adhered to by civilized countries around the world by practicing serial cyber espionage, intellectual property theft and a myriad of human rights violations. , including suppression, silencing and genocide of ethnic and political minorities.

Now is not the time to cripple domestic tech companies when they are the firewall between America losing the next century to its adversaries. This is why the ill-conceived anti-innovation bills currently before Congress, which give China the competitive edge, are so misguided. If passed, two dangerous bills before the US Congress would have adverse effects, with particularly dangerous implications for national security. Many retired national security professionals have warned that these bills risk giving foreign rivals “unfettered access” to US software and hardware, making technology platforms less equipped to protect against cyberattacks, personal data theft and misinformation.

In addition, enforcement of this antitrust law is not the will of the american people. Indeed, the restrictions of competition are unpopular with Americans and are considered a low-priority political issue, and many Americans believe that restrictions on American tech companies would have negative effects on national security and economic output.

Most worryingly, this antitrust legislation would restrict the ability of US tech companies to compete with China. Should Chinese tech companies gain the upper hand in the tech race, national security risks would be imminent and sensitive and valuable information regarding American military and economic interests would be endangered.

Examples of Chinese Hackers Targeting Americans companies and private citizens were portrayed as rare and distant events. However, these cases are becoming more common and impossible to ignore, and they will continue to increase in frequency without the help of US tech companies.

More importantly, an unchecked Chinese technology industry poses a grave danger to US national security. The declared objectives of the Chinese government for technological expansion include social control, international influence, and increased military strength.

A world in which China is the first technological power is a world of control, danger and constant surveillance. An ambitious and unchecked China is a danger to democracy, and that is why a strong American industrial sector is so important.

It’s time for American politicians to view our tech companies as potential partners rather than adversaries. We are, after all, facing a hostile foreign interest where the interests of the Communist Party government and domestic industries are inextricably linked.

Instead of punishing American tech companies, American policymakers should support them in their competition with Chinese companies and welcome them as a partner in the quest to contain China. The first step is to get rid of the antitrust legislation currently before Congress.

Kent Kaiser, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity.