National Security

Total 17 Posts

New Hong Kong Customs Chief Discusses Efforts to Stop Smuggling of Australian Lobsters to Mainland

Ho Pui-shan (Louise Ho) became Hong Kong’s new Commissioner of Customs and Excise on October 21. During the press conference (link in Cantonese) with media after taking the position, she mentioned combatting smuggling as one of the tasks of her agency, including smuggling of Australian lobster, in the context

House Foreign Affairs Committee Releases Data on Export License Decisions Related to Huawei and SMIC

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives decided to disclose aggregated data from the Commerce Department on licensing decisions for possible sales to Chinese telecoms company Huawei and semiconductor company SMIC for the six month period from November 2020 to April 2021. These companies are on

Senator Introduces Bill To "Increase Scrutiny over Chinese Investments on U.S. Soil"

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) has introduced the Exposing China’s Belt and Road Investment in America Act of 2021, which he said is designed "to review investments that businesses controlled by the Chinese Communist Party make on U.S. soil." He further stated that "China routinely makes such 'greenfield' investments

FCC Commissioner Calls for Restrictions on Chinese Drone Maker

Yesterday, Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr called for adding DJI, a Chinese drone company, to the FCC’s Covered List, which would prohibit federal money from being used to purchase its equipment. This list identifies "communications equipment and services ... that are deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to the national

Commerce Department Initiates Section 232 Investigation on Neodymium Magnets

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced on Friday that it has initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 "to determine the effects on U.S. national security from imports of Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets." The press release does not

To List or Not to List? Biden Administration Faces Dilemma on Chinese Phone Company with Past Ties to Huawei

The Biden administration is divided over whether to add Chinese smartphone maker Honor Device Co. Ltd. to an export blacklist due to past connections with Chinese tech company Huawei. This case illustrates the difficulties in drawing lines related to national security, as the United States continues to refine its export

CFIUS and Korean Government Finishing up Security Review of Chinese Purchase of Korean Semiconductor Company

Based on a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), President Biden may soon issue a decision to block the purchase of a South Korean semiconductor company by a Chinese equity fund due to national security concerns, although the outcome is still uncertain at this
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