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U.S. Tech Officer Criticizes China, Warns Against Tech Regulation

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios stuck to tech talking points while appearing at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, on Thursday: He said China shouldn’t be trusted with global technology and regulators should be wary of over-regulating big tech, Bloomberg reports. 

Kratsios’ warnings about Chinese technology are a common refrain for U.S. companies hoping for their businesses to stay dominant, even as the U.S. government conducts antitrust probes.

Kratsios said the U.S. needs to be ahead of China in areas such as 5G networks and artificial intelligence, which are two major goals for the Trump administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

He also met with European digital chief and competition regulator Margrethe Vestager, telling her that they must work to keep China from integrating its tech into global infrastructure. He said if the European Union regulates big tech companies too harshly, it will give Chinese competitors an advantage.

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