Marco Rubio, Mark Warner Call on Biden Administration to Protect U.S. Technology, Businesses From China

This week, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mark Warner, D-Va., “urged the Biden administration to expand the use of existing tools and authorities at the Departments of Treasury and Commerce to prevent China’s military-industrial complex and entities complicit in its genocide from benefiting from U.S. technology, talent, and investments.”

Warner leads the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Rubio is the vice chair of it.

“It is widely known that the PRC’s Military-Civil Fusion (MCF) program targets technological advancements in the U.S., as well as university and research partnerships with the U.S., for the PRC’s military development. U.S. technology, talent, and capital continue to contribute—through both lawful and unlawful means, including theft—to the PRC’s development of critical military-use industries, technologies, and related supply chains. The breadth of the MCF program’s ambitions and reach creates dangerous vulnerabilities for U.S. national and economic security as well as undermines respect for democratic values globally,” Rubio and Warner wrote U.S. Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen.

“Despite recent restrictions on the export of sensitive technologies critical to U.S. national security, we remain deeply concerned that American technology, investment, and talent continue to support the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) military industrial complex, intelligence and security apparatus, its ongoing genocide, and other PRC efforts to displace United States economic leadership. As such, we urge the Department of Commerce to immediately use its authorities to more broadly restrict these activities,” the senators wrote U.S. Commerce Sec. Gina Raimondo

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