Mainland Chinese Influence on Emerging Technology Standards Being Explored
05 November 2021
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is accepting comments through 6 December on mainland China’s policies and influence in the development of international standards for emerging technologies. Recommendations on the actions the U.S. could take to mitigate any undue mainland Chinese influence and bolster U.S. public and private sector participation in international standards-setting bodies are also sought.
NIST states that international standards allow products to be designed and produced at scale and used worldwide, which facilitates global trade. They also allow regulators and governments to improve trade policies and develop better regulations. However, there are concerns about the “China Standards 2035” project, which will lay out a blueprint for mainland China’s government and leading technology companies to set global standards for emerging technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence and advanced communications technology.
In response, NIST is inviting comments on the following issues:
- mainland China’s participation in international standards-setting organisations over the previous 10 years, including leadership roles in standards drafting technical committees, and the quality or value of that participation;
- the extent to which mainland China partners with foreign governments or multinational corporations to promote technical standards that may advantage mainland Chinese companies, entities or state objectives;
- the effect of mainland China’s standardisation strategy on international bodies engaged in developing and setting standards for select emerging technologies, such as advanced communication technologies or cloud computing and cloud services;
- whether international standards for select emerging technologies (e.g., electronics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, blockchain and financial technologies, clean energy technologies and quantum information technologies) are being designed to promote or favour mainland China’s interests to the exclusion or disadvantage of other participants or in a way that may not result in the best technological solution;
- how previous practices used by mainland China while participating in international standards-setting organisations may foretell how mainland China is likely to engage in international standardisation activities of critical technologies and what may be the consequences; and
- how the U.S. can take steps to mitigate mainland China’s influence and bolster U.S. public and private sector participation in international standards-setting bodies.
- North America
- Mainland China