US Intelligence Warns China May Dominate AI and Gain Military Advantage | Science and technology news
Beijing’s high tech ambitions could give it the upper hand in healthcare and other vital sectors in the United States, the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center said on Friday.
US officials on Friday issued new warnings on China’s ambitions for artificial intelligence and a range of cutting-edge technologies that could ultimately give Beijing a decisive military advantage and possible dominance over healthcare and other essential sectors in the United States.
The warnings include a renewed effort to educate business executives, academics, and local and state government officials about the risks of accepting Chinese investments or expertise in key industries, officials from the National Counterintelligence Center said. and security. Although the center does not intend to tell authorities to reject Chinese investments, it will encourage efforts to control intellectual property and implement security measures.
National security agencies under President Joe Biden’s administration are waging an aggressive public campaign against China, which some officials have called the greatest strategic threat to the United States. The Biden administration has simultaneously tried to ease some tensions with Beijing that date back to the administration of former US President Donald Trump and seek common ground on trade and climate change.
Beijing has repeatedly accused Washington of sowing fear over its intentions and has attacked U.S. intelligence for its assessments of China, including claims that Chinese leaders withheld critical information about the coronavirus pandemic.
Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has declared its goal of creating profitable technologies in robotics and other fields under plans known as “Made in China 2025”. The US Department of Justice has issued several indictments in recent years alleging the theft of sensitive US information on behalf of China, including vaccine research and autonomous vehicle technology.
The acting director of the counterintelligence center, Michael Orlando, told reporters in a rare briefing Thursday that the United States “cannot afford to lose” to China in several key areas: artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, quantum computing, semiconductors and biotechnology.
Orlando noted that Chinese businesses and academics are beholden to the Chinese Communist Party and are required to serve the interests of the party.
“Although we’ve said this year after year, people don’t digest it,” he said.
Orlando declined to say whether the United States should adopt tougher restrictions or outright bans on Chinese investment in certain sectors, saying its role is not to suggest policy.
But the counterintelligence center regularly holds briefings with private industry and universities while recognizing that industries and universities may still want to seek out students, experts and investors from China, Orlando said. He would not name the companies with which the center met.
The head of the Center for Emerging and Disruptive Technologies, Edward You, noted Chinese companies’ investment in biotechnology and pharmacy in the United States and Europe.
WuXi Biologics has built a vaccine manufacturing plant in Ireland since 2019, announced plans for a production plant in Massachusetts in the United States and acquired a Bayer plant in Germany. Officials did not release any information linking the acquisitions to Beijing influence, but said they were part of a larger pattern of Chinese medical companies.
Chinese companies have also offered COVID-19 test kits and genetic testing in the United States, meeting federal privacy standards and other regulations, You said. But data collected by companies with ties to China could ultimately end up in Beijing’s hands, You said.
China already has the greatest access to medical data of any country, he said. With its data collection and technological advancements, Beijing could one day be dominant in health care and leave the United States entirely dependent on China, he said.
“If you are President Xi,” you said, “this is the gift that keeps on giving. “