Tag - economic-security



The U.S. is struggling to cut China off from top AI technology.
Oct 13, 2023
Biden eyes adding AI chip curbs to Chinese companies abroad
Efforts to close the loophole allowing access to chips the show how the Biden administration is struggling to cut China off from top AI technology.
Then-U.S. President Donald Trump, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, announces a slew of retaliatory measures against China, including sanctions, at a news conference at the White House in May 2020.
Oct 6, 2023
Protectionism started the geopolitical fire
The protectionism in the post-pandemic economic shutdowns will also impact international relations.
A specialist removes a Kirin 9000s chip fabricated in China by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. from a Huawei Mate X5 foldable smartphone in Ottawa on Sept. 19.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 5, 2023
Taiwan to probe suppliers helping Huawei with China chip plants
A news report this week identified four firms working on chip plants backed by Huawei in China.
Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology displays its EVOGO battery swap solution at the Auto Shanghai show in April. There are concerns that the company is trying to team up with a U.S. firm to avoid U.S. sanctions.
Oct 4, 2023
Deceptive Chinese strategies that challenge U.S. economic statecraft
The practice by Chinese businesses of using third countries to circumvent tariffs is raising concerns.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Feb. 15.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 3, 2023
EU seeks to protect sensitive tech from Chinese buyers
Brussels has stepped up its efforts to curtail critical trade with China.
The Biden administration has issued final rules that would prohibit chip companies vying for a new infusion of federal cash from carrying out certain business expansions, partnerships and research in China, in what it described as an effort to protect United States national security.
Sep 23, 2023
U.S. finalizes rules to keep chip funds out of China
The rules, which aim to prevent chip makers from using new U.S. subsidies to benefit China, take into account the industry’s perspective.
European Union trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis speaks at the Bund Summit in Shanghai on Saturday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 23, 2023
EU trade chief rules out China decoupling, but vows to protect bloc
The bloc posted record bilateral trade with China last year, but it is "very unbalanced," EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis said.
Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, arriving at the bipartisan A.I. Insight Forum organized by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with labor union leaders and civil society groups, at the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 13.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 21, 2023
Nvidia CEO tours India eyeing AI market to hedge China risks
For Nvidia, whose processors are key to development of artificial intelligence systems, the South Asian nation of 1.4 billion presents a rare opportunity.
A Chinese flag flutters near a Huawei store in Shanghai on Sept. 8.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 21, 2023
German proposal for Huawei curbs triggers telecom operator backlash
Telecom operators swiftly criticized the proposals, while Huawei Germany rejected what it called the "politicization" of cybersecurity in the country.
A specialist removes a Kirin 9000s chip fabricated in China by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) from a Huawei Technologies Mate 60 Pro smartphone earlier this month.
Sep 20, 2023
U.S. likely to tighten tech curbs as China advances chip production
The chips powering a new Huawei phone represent a jump forward in China’s chipmaking capability as it boosts efforts to catch up with rivals.
A tanker used for shipping liquefied natural gas sits near the Yamal LNG plant, operated by Novatek, in Sabetta, Russia.
Sep 19, 2023
Japan to ensure stable energy supply despite U.S. sanctions
The latest sanctions on the Arctic LNG 2 project are part of several economic measures the U.S., Europe and their allies have taken against Russia.
Workers at a production line of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles at a factory in Huzhou, Zhejiang province, China
Sep 18, 2023
By 2030, EU may rely on China's batteries as it did Russian energy
The document will be the basis of discussions on Europe's economic security during a meeting of EU leaders in Granada in Spain on Oct. 5.
Sanae Takaichi, who retained her post as economic security minister, plans to submit a revised economic security bill that includes a security clearance system during a parliamentary session starting in early 2024.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
Japan plans to create 'security clearance' system in 2024
Concerns have been growing over missed research and business opportunities overseas due to the lack of clear security protocols.
A Kirin 9000S chip fabricated in China by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. taken from a Huawei Technologies Mate 60 Pro smartphone
Sep 12, 2023
Huawei sends a message with its new smartphone
Fear of turbocharging China’s indigenous technology development efforts has been one of the most powerful arguments against tightening export controls.
An Apple store in the Huangpu district in Shanghai
Sep 8, 2023
Apple grapples with turmoil in China days before iPhone 15 launch
The bans may just be part of a longstanding trend.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan's minister of economy, trade and industry, attends a bilateral ministerial meeting with his British counterpart on economic security in London on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 7, 2023
Japan and Britain confirm close economic security partnership
Japan and Britain adopted a joint statement aimed at strengthening supply chains for critical mineral resources.
A Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing plant under construction in Kikuyo, Kumamoto Prefecture
Sep 7, 2023
Taiwan’s ‘silicon shield’ against China is an illusion
China may be reliant on Taiwanese semiconductors, but that doesn't stop Beijing from harboring a military takeover.
Personnel from the Self-Defense Forces take part in a nuclear, biological and chemical weapons exercise at New Chitose airport in Hokkaido in July 2012.
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Sep 7, 2023
Japan has plenty to offer in the field of detecting threats
With the spread of chemical, nuclear and biological weapons, the time is right to put domestic tech to good use.
Apple shares slid 3.6% after reports that Chinese government agencies will ban iPhones and other foreign-branded devices in workplaces.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 7, 2023
Apple falls on report that China agencies are barring iPhone use
The company enjoys widespread popularity in China, its largest international market.
Atsuyoshi Koike (second from left), president of Rapidus, and IBM Senior Vice President Dario Gil (second from right) during a news conference in Tokyo in December.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 1, 2023
Rapidus breaks ground on key Hokkaido chip factory
Rapidus aims to position itself as a prominent worldwide supplier of cutting-edge 2-nanometer-wide semiconductors.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan