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According to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who spoke on the dangers posed by Russia and China at the Washington-based think tank Heritage Foundation on March 29, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the greatest threat to the American people and nation.
“For decades, Chinese Communist Party officials concealed their true goals,” Rubio remarked. “Their actual objective is to reshape the global order and become the most powerful nation on the planet.”
“They aren’t hiding it any longer.”
Rubio claimed that the CCP was engaged in a campaign to destroy the international order and build a system more favorable to itself by weakening large powers and pushing smaller ones to become dependent on China under the leadership of Party leader Xi Jinping.
Rubio stated, “They believe in raw power.” “They feel their smaller neighbors must be their tributaries because they are such a large country.”
The post-Cold War conviction that unrestricted free trade and globalism would bring world peace, according to Rubio, was the US leadership’s “greatest geopolitical error.”
He went on to say that “outdated economic interests” were impeding US efforts to combat CCP espionage, and that lobbying efforts by large American corporations were to blame for the watering down of legislation that would have prohibited the import of items created in China with slave labor.
“If our public policy is simply based on the chase of corporate wealth, we will never be able to meet the crisis that before us,” Rubio stated.
“To equal them, we’ll need a whole-of-society, not just government, whole-of-society effort.”
Rubio claimed that such an attempt was hampered not only by big business, but also by the Biden administration, which he blamed for ending the Trump-era “China Initiative,” a counter-espionage program denounced by some as racist.
Although there was no proof of racial bias in the program, it was ended to avoid the “harmful perception” of racism, according to a DOJ internal investigation.
Rubio pushed President Joe Biden to revive the program, saying that working to reform it rather than canceling it completely was preferable.
“Let’s enhance it if it has to be improved,” Rubio added.
Furthermore, Rubio stated that the United States’ continuous reliance on the CCP for manufacturing would be a catastrophic national security issue if the two countries ever come into conflict.
He cited the strain imposed by the US’ attempt to distance itself from Russian oil, and stated that any move to distance itself from Chinese business links during a war would be even more difficult. To avoid this, he stated that the US must rejuvenate its own industrial capability, particularly in important industries such as semiconductors and pharmaceuticals.
“Relying on a hostile foe for these and other things will leave us vulnerable, weak,” Rubio added.
“Our reliance on Beijing is a risk we can no longer tolerate.”
Overall, Rubio stated that stronger domestic unity in the United States was essential, as well as a renewed focus on the national interest in all policy areas, in order to prevent the international liberal order from collapsing and being replaced by something considerably more authoritarian.
“Beijing believes it now has enough authority to begin remaking the international system in its image,” Rubio added, citing Xi Jinping’s comments and actions since 2012.
“China is the greatest challenge America faces today… the one that will define this century.”
Beijing’s quest for “scientific and technological independence,” particularly in the semiconductor sector, has gotten mixed reactions from around the world. While overseas companies fear the measure will stifle innovation and disrupt global trade, some China experts feel China’s chip development quality and success rate aren’t likely to produce meaningful results.
In October 2021, T-Head, Alibaba’s semiconductor division, revealed the E-Ten 710, a new CPU chip. The chip, which is reported to be 5 nanometers in size, will be utilized only for Alibaba’s cloud computing business, with no intentions to sell it to third parties, according to Alibaba.
Alibaba’s cross-border chip development is tied to the Chinese Communist Party’s “core making” objectives as an e-commerce powerhouse. China is the world’s largest chip consumer, accounting for around 36% of global consumption but just 15.9% of global output.
Chip production is a primary objective for the CCP’s “scientific independence” campaign, which aims to wean the country off superior technology from the US, Japan, and other countries. In 2018, the United States imposed penalties on Huawei, China’s first global tech firm, heightening Beijing’s eagerness to create its own processors.
Along with Alibaba, internet heavyweights Tencent and Baidu, as well as smartphone maker Xiaomi, have joined the CCP’s “core making” movement.
However, the regime’s haste to gain chip independence has heightened international concern. Beijing was already viewed as a strategic foe by Europe and the United States, who feared it might steal their technologies. Due to national security concerns, Western countries such as the United States and the Netherlands have limited the CCP’s access to the most advanced chipmaking technologies.
The CCP has made significant investments in attempting to resolve the issue of China’s disrupted semiconductor supply. China committed in 2014 to invest between $100 billion and $150 billion in public and private money to overcome the world’s leading corporations in semiconductor technology by 2030, including chip design, assembly, and packaging.
The CCP launched China’s National Semiconductor Industry Investment Fund, or “Big Fund,” in September 2014. The first investment was 138.7 billion yuan ($22.19 billion) and was focused on integrated circuit production, which included equipment, materials, sealing, and testing. The second “Big Fund” phase was announced in October 2019, amid the backdrop of US sanctions against Chinese technology businesses, with a scale of 204.1 billion yuan (about $32.66 billion).
However, according to Liu Pei-chen, a researcher at the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, despite substantial government investment, the CCP’s semiconductor development process is still slower than planned, particularly in the areas of advanced production processes and autonomous R&D.
According to Liu, the fundamental reason for the lag is that the CCP is still dealing with a disrupted semiconductor supply and is unable to procure crucial semiconductor equipment and chips as a result of European and American sanctions.
The dividing line between mature and advanced lithography technologies, according to current chip production standards, is 28 nanometers. Processes with a diameter of 28 nanometers or more are regarded mature, while those with a diameter of less than 28 nanometers are termed advanced.
Key equipment for modern manufacturing processes is still held in nations such as the United States, the Netherlands, and Japan, which have a market share of more than 70%, according to Liu.
In November 2021, Shen Bo, global vice president and China president of Dutch semiconductor manufacturer ASML, confirmed that EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) lithography machines, a key piece of equipment in advanced processes, are still unavailable in China, but DUV (Deep Ultraviolet) lithography machines used in mature processes are. As a result, foundries in China, such as SMIC, can only build mature processes.
China will fall further behind without these modern capabilities, according to Peter Hanbury of Bain & Co., a worldwide consulting firm that analyzes the semiconductor business. The TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) horse is sprinting away and the Chinese horse is stopped,” he explained. “They can’t move forward.”
According to a research published by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in 2021, China lags behind in terms of tools, materials, and manufacturing technologies.
According to the CCP’s “Made in China 2025” strategy, domestic chip output would reach 70% by 2025. However, with the current rate of progress, Liu Pei-chen believes that achieving that goal is very impossible.
Experts told the Associated Press that Beijing has set its own semiconductor targets and provided significant government funding, but that it may face costly disappointment. If chipmakers and other industries are separated from global suppliers with modern components and technologies, they will struggle to stay competitive. Apart from China, no other country has identified chip independence as a goal.
China’s own scientific research capabilities are quite low, according to Liu Qikun, a Chinese current affairs analyst based in Canada, and the communist dictatorship relies primarily on plagiarism to advance science and technology.
“The CCP’s previous development of science and technology relies mainly on the theft of foreign intellectual property rights,” Liu remarked.
“The value of intellectual property stolen from abroad by the CCP is worth hundreds of billions of dollars per year. The CCP is arguably the biggest thief in the history of China, and indeed in the history of the world, ” Liu remarked, adding that some estimates put the figure at trillions of dollars.
According to a report by The Commission on The Theft of American Intellectual Property, the theft of intellectual property and trade secrets by the CCP costs the US economy between $225 billion and $600 billion yearly, according to Cheng Xiaonong, a U.S.-based economist.
According to Dr. Huang Zuwei, a senior engineer at NASA, the success rate of the CCP’s independent chip R&D isn’t zero, but it’s quite low, and even if it succeeds, the finished goods would be subpar or fail to meet criteria.
“Have a look at the most advanced technologies in the world today. Which of them was first created by the CCP? None. All were copied from others.” he stated.
speaking on the topic of national security risks posed by the CCP’s so-called “technological autonomy,” Dr. Huang noted: “The national security concern is clear. Decades ago, European and American countries treated the CCP as a normal government, hoping to change it through normal exchanges. However, after all these years, the CCP not only hasn’t changed, but has been unscrupulously stealing technologies from developed democracies.”
We can expect a falling empire like the CCP to attempt to drag everyone down with them, because that’s what cowards do. If they don’t find the technological autonomy they’re looking for, and fast, they’ll be knocking down Taiwan’s back door demanding cooperation. These are the details required to have a firm grasp on the reality and restraints foreign nations must impose on each other to protect their own self interest. China however, has no interest in conducting any of it’s business without violating national security or provoking foreign super powers and they must be put in check. 1 Peter 4:12-14 Says this: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
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