Countering China: Ensuring America Remains the World Leader in Advanced Technologies and Innovation

Subcommittee on Information Technology
Subcommittee on Information Technology
Hearing Date: September 26, 2018 10:00 am 2247 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To discuss the effects Chinese trade practices have on American companies working to enter Chinese markets and to examine how to protect American economic and security interests.
BACKGROUND:
  • China has aggressively acquired American intellectual property through legal and illegal means, including espionage, state-sponsored theft, forced technology transfers, and the use of “back doors” to encryption technology.
  • In September 2015, the United States and China signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing neither nation would “conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors.” China remains a threat to American business.
  • In August 2017, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation into Chinese Trade Practices under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. USTR reviewed Chinese laws, practices, or actions that may be discriminatory or unreasonable and harms innovation, intellectual property, or technology development.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
John Neuffer President and Chief Executive Officer Semiconductor Industry Association Document
Robert Atkinson, Ph.D President Information Technology and Innovation Foundation Document
Dean Cheng Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center The Heritage Foundation Document
Sarah Cook Senior Research Analyst Freedom House Document