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CSET produces evidence-driven analysis in a variety of forms, from informative graphics and translations to expert testimony and published reports. Our key areas of inquiry are the foundations of artificial intelligence — such as talent, data and computational power — as well as how AI can be used in cybersecurity and other national security settings. We also do research on the policy tools that can be used to shape AI’s development and use, and on biotechnology.

Report

Harnessed Lightning

Ryan Fedasiuk Jennifer Melot Ben Murphy
| October 2021

This report examines nearly 350 artificial intelligence-related equipment contracts awarded by the People’s Liberation Army and state-owned defense enterprises in 2020 to assess how the Chinese military is adopting AI. The report identifies China’s key AI defense industry suppliers, highlights gaps in U.S. export control policies, and contextualizes the PLA’s AI investments within China’s broader strategy to compete militarily with the United States.

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See our original translation of a document that lays out the PRC government’s priorities for developing China’s civilian space infrastructure through 2025. It recommends that China reduce its reliance on foreign civilian satellite technology, but also advocates for continued use of international exchanges and technology transfer as ways to catch up to more technologically advanced countries in space infrastructure.

See our original translation of a speech that Xi delivered to a meeting of academics in 2020 that he convened to solicit input for China’s upcoming 14th Five-Year Plan.

See our original translation of the PRC Ministry of Commerce technology export restrictions that would likely complicate the proposed sale of short video app TikTok to a U.S. buyer.

Translation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2019 Budget

September 2, 2020

See our original translation of the 2019 budget for the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

See our original translation excerpt from a Chinese government think tank report on China's use of digital health technology to fight COVID-19.

See our original translation of the 2019 budget of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).

Translation

Chinese Academy of Engineering 2019 Budget

September 2, 2020

See our original translation of the 2019 budget for the Chinese Academy of Engineering, a PRC government body responsible for scientific research and for providing strategic scientific and technological input to PRC decision-makers.

See our original translation of the 2019 budget for the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

Translation

Ministry of Public Security 2019 Budget

September 2, 2020

This is an original CSET translation of the 2019 budget of the PRC Ministry of Public Security, which is responsible for China's police forces and for maintaining social stability.

See our original translation of the final 2017 budget for the PRC State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA).