CHARLOTTE – The Wall Street Journal on Monday published Congressman Robert Pittenger’s response to corporate opponents of his bipartisan national security legislation:
“Contrary to the inference by IBM’s Christopher Padilla and GE’s Karan Bhatia (Letters, WSJ.com, March 16th), in the very first paragraph of “How China Pushes the Limits on Military Technology Transfer” (WSJ.com, March 14th) I clearly state that IBM and GE’s business dealings with China are legally permissible under current law. And that’s the problem. Their legal joint ventures with Chinese state-owned enterprises openly transferred dual-use technologies to China and created unnecessary risks related to the transfer of additional military-applicable technologies.
“This, along with the substantial pushback from GE and IBM when open-source information on their business dealings was published in the Journal, underscores the vital need for an updated and strengthened Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (Cfius) to better review future joint ventures and foreign investments that threaten U.S. national security.
“My Cfius reform bill, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, has been endorsed by the White House, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Senate and House Intelligence Chairs Richard Burr and Devin Nunes, and hundreds of defense experts, generals, elected officials, and private businesses . . .
“A substantial, bipartisan group in the House and Senate believes it is dangerous to allow China to acquire sensitive, military-applicable technology through strategic business transactions.”
CLICK HERE to read Congressman Pittenger’s full Letter to the Editor in today’s The Wall Street Journal.
CLICK HERE to read Congressman Pittenger’s March 14th op-ed in The Wall Street Journal: “How China Pushes the Limits on Military Technology Transfer”.