CSET: China’s Foreign Technology Wish List
Tue May, 2021, Age: 3 years
Stationed in PRC embassies and consulates across 52 countries, China’s “science and technology diplomats” occupy a unique role in China’s technology acquisition strategy, forming a bridge between foreign and domestic entities. Among other duties, S&T diplomats monitor host country technological breakthroughs, identify investment opportunities for Chinese firms, and serve as the foreign arm of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s (MOST) International Cooperation Department. New analysis from CSET shows that these diplomats play a valuable role in acquiring foreign technology, particularly from NATO members and U.S.-designated Major Non-NATO allies, underscoring the need for U.S. policymakers to coordinate with allies and partners who share the brunt of Chinese technology acquisition efforts.