[1/15] #China’s military technology is rapidly advancing, and American companies are fueling the fire.

Last month, @Intel and @Sequoia were linked to a company contracted to provide China’s military with #AI.

That's just the tip of the iceberg.

[2/15] It’s no secret that China uses U.S. tech to create their weapons.

More than 90% of Chinese #semiconductors rely on U.S. and allied technologies and it is believed that U.S. tech contributed to China’s test of a nuclear-capable #hypersonic weapon.

[3/15] To that end, the National Counterintelligence & Security Center (@NCSCgov) warned that China was engaged in “comprehensive” efforts to buy, copy, and steal critical and emerging tech from the United States, including semiconductors and #AIML tools.

[4/15] Likewise, the #Pentagon’s first chief software officer, @NicolasChaillan, warned that insider threat was a danger to companies in the U.S., and that the #CCP was infiltrating American universities.
[5/15] Aware of this trend, the United States created #blacklists to inform American companies not to do business with others tied to China's military, the #PLA.

[6/15] There are two problems with this. The first is that the blacklist doesn’t work very well.

According to @HouseForeign, over $103 billion in tech contracts were awarded to suppliers of blacklisted companies like #Huawei and #SMIC.

[7/15] The second is that China’s national #security laws allow the CCP to demand access to all #data developed by companies doing business in China.

Every single byte of information housed in China can be legally taken by the regime at any moment.

[8/15] This means that all tech companies operating in China, whether they are Chinese or not, are effectively contributing to China's military-civil fusion (#MCF) program, as their contributions could be leveraged by the PLA at any time.

[9/15] Some companies see the writing on the wall.

@LinkedIn and @Yahoo announced that they will be pulling operations from China, owing to the CCP’s heavy hand.

[10/15] But LinkedIn’s parent company, #Microsoft, will maintain AI labs in China.

In fact, more than 10 percent of all AI labs of @Microsoft, @Google, and @IBM are in China, despite the CCP's #NatSec laws.

Which brings us to the crux of the problem…
[11/15] These companies are not simply being taken advantage of by the CCP and the PLA.

In fact, on multiple occasions, they have willingly and knowingly cooperated with China’s #military, and the companies and #universities that underpin it.

[12/15] Indeed, U.S. companies are complicit in the #Uyghur #genocide, according to a @NYT report, and American tech is vital to its continuation.

[13/15] Likewise, China's leaders have explicitly called for an out and out push forward in military tech, and American companies have kept on with #business as usual, knowing that their data and products were being used for global #repression.

[14/15] Thus, while state-backed actors in China continuously steal the nation's #secrets, #SiliconValley continues to invest in relationships that it knows will undermine U.S. national security.

[15/15] The danger is that ventures in emerging tech in #China may lead to another crisis like the HGV test, where U.S. leadership can’t defend the Republic against a technology that U.S. companies helped to create.

But the next time might not be a test.


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