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President Joe Biden issued an executive order dropping a ban on investment in a Chinese technology company known for its cooperation with the Chinese military and the surveillance of Uyghur Muslims.
Sugon, a Chinese company blacklisted by the Trump administration in November 2020, did not appear on the updated blacklist of Chinese companies announced by the White House this month. The United States had prohibited Americans from investing in Sugon over the company’s sale of supercomputers to the Chinese military for nuclear weapons research. The company’s cloud computing and facial recognition technology has reportedly been used for the surveillance of Uyghur Muslims.
Michael Sobolik, a fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council who researches China issues, told the Washington Free Beacon the Biden order was “strange” due to its omission of Sugon, though it otherwise makes steps in the right direction by extending sanctions on other Chinese tech giants such as Huawei and Hikvision.
“It’s strange that the Biden administration removed Sugon from the list,” Sobolik said. “This company’s resources have supported the CCP’s draconian surveillance in Xinjiang—specifically, the Orwellian model of ‘predictive policing.’ Some members of Congress have also warned that Sugon has also been involved in the PLA’s nuclear and hypersonic glide vehicle testing programs. Sugon seems to check both boxes of the EO, which raises questions as to why it’s delisted. The administration may have a perfectly reasonable explanation; if so, officials should clarify their decision.”
The decision comes amid intensified tech competition between the United States and China. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a massive spending package intended to increase funding for American technological and scientific research, along with several other areas of competition.
Some Biden administration allies have ties to Chinese technology firms. Biden’s nominee for the director of national intelligence’s general counsel position admitted in May to doing work for Huawei while employed at one of the Chinese tech powerhouse’s top Washington lobbying firms. A member of the administration’s trade transition team managed a Chinese firm tasked with raising funds for Chinese companies listed as banned in the Biden administration’s executive order.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
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The Biden administration has reversed three Trump-era executive orders, which could have drastic national security implications. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) called the move “a major mistake.”
President Joe Biden signed an executive order to “elaborate upon measures to address the national emergency with respect to the information and communications technology and services supply chain.” The executive order titled “Executive Order on Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries” not only overturned former President Donald Trump’s ban of communist Chinese-owned apps like TikTok and WeChat, but it also established new criteria for determining whether foreign-owned apps constitute a threat. Senator Hawley commented on Biden’s executive order, bashing it in a tweet: “This is a major mistake – shows alarming complacency regarding #China’s access to Americans’ personal information, as well as #China’s growing corporate influence.”
Biden’s executive order recognized that some foreign applications can be a threat. He particularly cited the “People’s Republic of China” as a threat to “national security.” However, instead of simply reevaluating Trump’s policies, Biden apparently decided to start from scratch. The federal government will establish its own set of standards for whether foreign-owned apps, like TikTok and WeChat, are safe. “The Federal Government should evaluate these threats through rigorous, evidence-based analysis and should address any unacceptable or undue risks consistent with overall national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives, including the preservation and demonstration of America’s core values and fundamental freedoms,” read the new executive order.
The Biden executive order also outlined new criteria for determining whether to ban software in the future. The order stated that the Secretary of Commerce should create a criteria for determining whether apps: “may pose an undue risk of sabotage or subversion of the design, integrity, manufacturing, production, distribution, installation, operation, or maintenance of information and communications technology or services in the United States.” The executive order also sought to ban applications that may “pose an undue risk of catastrophic effects on the security or resiliency of the critical infrastructure or digital economy of the United States; or otherwise pose an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.”
A report from The Wall Street Journal found that TikTok was able to collect user data by exploiting a privacy loophole in Google’s Android operating system. The loophole enabled the app to track users online without allowing them to opt out. Trump attempted to ban TikTok and WeChat last year, citing national security concerns. Ironically, Biden’s campaign appeared to have recognized the potential danger of TikTok as well. The campaign reportedly told its staff to delete the app in August 2020. The U.S. military also banned the app from officially issued phones.
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President Joe Biden is withdrawing a series of executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok and ordering a new Commerce Department review of security concerns posed by those apps, the White House said Wednesday.
The administration of former President Donald Trump had attempted to block new users from downloading the apps and ban other technical transactions that Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat both said would effectively block the apps’ use in the United States. The courts blocked those orders that never took effect.
Biden’s new executive order revokes the WeChat and TikTok orders, along with another in January that targeted eight other communications and financial technology software applications.
A separate U.S. national security review of TikTok remains ongoing, a White House official said.
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