The U.S. can't use Cold War tactics to engage with China, says former NSA head Michael Rogers

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China's main goal is to achieve 21st century technological dominance, argued Admiral Michael Rogers, former head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, in a recent cybersecurity podcast. He also explained some of the tactics that are hard to counter, such as IP theft, government subsidies of tech companies, and linking corporate interests to education and government research.
Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of the US Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of Central Security Services.

He said China's main goal is to achieve 21st century technological dominance, and explained some of the tactics that are hard to counter, such as IP theft, government subsidies of tech companies, and linking corporate interests to education and government research. He also offered some concrete suggestions on how to counter China's efforts while maintaining an American business philosophy.

Rogers discussed the multi-faceted problems facing the U.S. over China technology in an interview that aired Tuesday on the cybersecurity podcast Task Force 7 Radio .

The companies denied the claims then and have continued to deny them through 2019, but the information in the report precipitated 2019's mounting legal actions against the company, including controversial bans of many Chinese-made technology goods in the U.S .

Rogers co-wrote a 50-page report in 2012 that which outlined what intelligence agencies said was the long-term partnership between those companies and Beijing's Communist government.

Admiral Michael Rogers, former head of the U.S. National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, was instrumental in some of the early intelligence reporting that put Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE on the radar of the intelligence community and Congress.

To deal with China effectively, U.S. businesspeople should understand the country's goal is to achieve dominance in the technologies that will be important in the 21st century.

After World War II, Rogers said, "It was the West who developed the core technologies that…
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