CSET’s Emily S. Weinstein was featured in an NPR radio segment about the new regulations aimed at restricting U.S. investments in key technologies in China, along with the Biden administration’s decision to block advanced microchip exports to China. While these actions might temporarily impede China’s access to cutting-edge technology, they are likely to fuel Beijing’s push for technological self-sufficiency. The segment highlights China’s historical emphasis on self-reliance, particularly in vital sectors such as nuclear technology.
Weinstein emphasizes, “Anyone who says that we’re going to stop China from indigenizing by cutting off access to things is kidding themselves.” She further states, “I don’t think I would ever advise the administration to not go forward with a policy because they were afraid of pushing China too hard on accelerating indigenous efforts. China is already there, and they’re already moving full speed ahead.” She concludes, “The best Washington can hope for, she says, is to slow Beijing’s march.”
Listen and read the full transcript in NPR.