US Concerns about Chinese Tech Slow Some Silicon Valley Deals
The United States and China are seeking to be the world's leader in artificial intelligence, or AI, and other fast-developing technologies.
But this high-tech competition has been affected by U.S. concerns about some Chinese investments in American businesses.
For years, cooperation has grown between China and California's Silicon Valley, home to many of the world's top technology companies. But the current U.S. administration has increased scrutiny of Chinese investments in Silicon Valley. This has caused some U.S. startups to turn down Chinese investments.
Michael Wessel heads the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The U.S. government organization investigates whether U.S.-China economic and trade relations are affecting U.S. national security.
Wessel recently told a Congressional hearing that China is currently very active in many areas of technology innovation. "China wants to be a global innovation leader and is doing all that it can legally and illegally to achieve its goals," he said.
The U.S. has accused China of carrying out cyberattacks on U.S. businesses in an effort to steal company secrets. U.S. officials have also raised concerns about rules that require American companies to turn over their technology to Chinese partners.
The issues have also complicated ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China.
Accusations against Huawei
One major company facing U.S. accusations is Chinese technology company Huawei. The company's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, faces fraud charges in the United States. Meng is being held in Canada after being arrested in December, and U.S. officials are seeking to bring her back to the U.S. to face the charges.
U.S. government lawyers have said Huawei violated U.S. restrictions against sales to Iran. In addition, they accuse the company of stealing trade secrets from technology company T-Mobile.
Huawei is currently working on building 5G systems – the next generation in wireless technology - in countries around the world. The 5G development has caused tensions between the U.S. and China. U.S. officials have long suspected the Chinese government could use Huawei network equipment to help carry out spying activities. Huawei has rejected such accusations.
The U.S. government has urged American companies not to use Chinese technology in its communications systems because of security concerns. It has also pressed other countries to ban Huawei from building 5G networks.
U.S. officials want to put restrictions on several kinds of technology – including AI and robotics - because it sees them as possible threats to national security.
But many in the tech industry say such restrictions could end up harming U.S. businesses. Tim Draper operates a major investment company in Silicon Valley. He told VOA he was one of the first U.S. investors in Chinese technology company Baidu.
"I think we should be open and sharing," Draper said. "Both countries benefit so much by having a very open communication lane. I believe we have a problem that we are putting up barriers where they don't benefit us."
It remains unclear how long the current investment environment will last in Silicon Valley. But for now, it seems many investors and startup companies have accepted a cooling off period for Chinese-related investments.
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2.investment environment 投资环境
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4.national security 国家安全
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6.U.S. officials want to put restrictions on several kinds of technology – including AI and robotics - because it sees them as possible threats to national security.
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多年来，中国与加州硅谷之间的合作一直在增长 。硅谷云集了许多全球顶尖的科技公司 。但是现任美国政府加强了对中国在硅谷投资的审查，导致一些美国初创公司拒绝了中国投资 。
迈克尔·威赛尔（Michael Wessel）是美中经济安全审查委员的负责人 。这家美国政府机构负责调查中美经贸关系是否会影响美国国家安全 。
威塞尔最近在国会听证会上表示，中国目前在许多技术创新领域都十分活跃 。他说：“中国希望成为全球创新领导者，并且正尽其所能地实现这一目标 。”
美国指责中国对美国企业发动网络攻击，试图窃取公司机密 。美国官员还对美国企业将技术转让给中国合作伙伴的规定表示担忧 。
中国科技公司——华为是一家面临美国指控的大型公司 。该公司首席财务官孟晚舟（Meng Wanzhou）在美国面临欺诈指控 。去年12月，孟晚舟在加拿大被拘捕并扣押，美国官员试图将她带回美国受审 。
美国政府律师声称，华为违反了美国对伊朗的禁售制裁 。此外，他们还指控华为窃取了T-Mobile科技公司的商业机密 。
华为目前正致力于在世界各国建设下一代无线技术5G系统 。5G技术的发展导致中美两国关系紧张 。长期以来，美国官员一直怀疑中国政府可能利用华为网络设备帮助开展间谍活动，华为否认了这些指控 。
但是很多科技行业人士表示，这样的限制最终可能会损害美国企业 。蒂姆·德雷珀（Tim Draper）在硅谷经营着一家大型投资公司 。他告诉美国之音，他是中国科技公司——百度的首批美国投资者之一 。
德雷珀表示：“我认为我们应该开放和共享 。两国都因为拥有非常开放的沟通渠道而受益匪浅 。我认为，我们的问题是设置了不利于自身的障碍 。”
目前尚不清楚这种投资环境会在硅谷持续多久 。但就目前而言，许多投资者和初创公司似乎已经接受了中国相关投资的冷遇期 。