Should Congress Investigate Chinese Tech Firms?

U.S. News
November 19, 2012

This week, HSPI Director Frank J. Cilluffo published an editorial in US News & World Report as part of "TwoTakes" which features opposing viewpoints on a single question. Cilluffo's editorial appears alongside that of the George Washington University School of Business Dean, Doug Guthrie. Writing as co-directors of GW's new Cyber Center for National and Economic Security (CCNES), Cilluffo and Guthrie offered distinctly different answers to the question, "Should Congress investigate Chinese tech firms?" 

In "Chinese Telecom Firms Pose a Threat to U.S. National Security," Cilluffo argues Yes, raising national security concerns-including the risks of espionage, attack, and exploitation targeting critical U.S. infrastructures-and calling for more transparency about the relationship of Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei and ZTE, to the Chinese government. 

In "Protectionism Is Not Patriotism—And It's Putting the Economy at Risk," Guthrie argues No, asserting that evidence of threat to national security must be publicly available, and that protectionism will harm the United States and its economy.