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Washington Officials Cite Role of Alliances, Trade Controls in Protecting US Tech

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U.S. officials at a House Subcommittee on Indo-Pacific hearing last week underscored the importance of creating international alliances in trade controls to protect emerging American technologies, Nextgov/FCW reported Thursday.

Thea Rozman Kendler, assistant secretary in the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Export Administration, told the subcommittee that U.S. export controls would be “most effective” when implemented in combination with similar rules of governments sharing American values.

According to Kendler, current U.S. trade efforts focus on technology export control coordination with allies and partners, as well as avoiding trade interaction with China up to the global supply chain for key tech ingredients.

She disclosed that the revision of a semiconductor chip export rule on U.S.-based artificial intelligence platforms is among her office’s initiatives to ensure that the systems are inaccessible to the Chinese military.

C.S. Eliot Kang, assistant secretary at the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the Department of State, concurred with Kendler, saying Indo-Pacific multilateral partnerships are crucial to ensure the safe transfer of emerging U.S. technologies.

Noting that the United States “can’t go it alone,” she said the government has to form export control partnerships with allies having common values, including human rights.

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