Divestment from China’s High-Tech Industry to Protect US National Interests
Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue Senior Advisor Nury Turkel hosts former Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who is co-founder and chairman of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, at the Hudson Institute for a conversation on divestment from Chinese technology.
Listen in to the discussion on Chinese surveillance technologies and implications for democratic freedom and norms, privacy, and national security. The pair discussed divestment from Chinese companies complicit in human rights abuses that spawned a movement on college campuses, and the need to strengthen defenses against the Chinese high-tech companies that present serious threats and challenges to US national and economic security, data privacy, and democratic freedoms.
Technology is the new frontier of international relations. The interaction is bi-directional: technology is defining diplomatic matters while diplomacy is also influencing the development and deployment of technology. Take semiconductors as an example. This is a technology that forms the foundation of digital economy, national security, and productivity in almost all industries. Global supply chain in the semiconductor industry is shaping U.S. foreign policy. Conversely, America’s diplomatic effort has been redefining the supply chain. Tech diplomacy is different from science diplomacy, which became a key pillar for the U.S. and other countries since World War II. Scientists participated in treaty negotiations, engaged in bilateral summits and served as attachés at embassies. Primary topics included nuclear proliferation, super-collider construction, human space exploration and environmental science.
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