What to Do About Our ‘Tech Cold War’ With China


China wants to use artificial intelligence and 5G technology to “control the world” and undermine human rights, a Heritage Foundation national security analyst said Friday during an annual gathering of conservative activists.

U.S. policy makers and industry leaders “need to be honest” about the challenges posed by China and close off points of vulnerability that made it possible for the communist regime to steal American technology, James Carafano said.

Carafano, the think tank’s director of international and foreign policy studies, spoke during a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC.

“The crux of the problem is there is a law in China that basically says if you are a Chinese company then any data you have, then we [the Chinese government] have free access to that data,” Carafano said. “If Chinese companies are global, then China has global access to data. … China wants to use data to control the world.”

Carafano described 5G, an abbreviation for fifth-generation, as a “transformative technology” that is just the “tip of the spear” of what should most concern U.S. leaders in and outside government who are working to safeguard intellectual property.

Carafano was joined for the discussion by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, …read more