China and the United States appear to have just reached a a near-term agreement to keep ZTE alive, but the accord is unlikely to address the deeper structural challenges posed by China’s technology policies in a lasting, comprehensive way.
Samm Sacks is a senior fellow in the Technology Policy Program at CSIS. Her research focuses on emerging information and communication technology (ICT) policies with a focus on China. She leads CSIS’s “China Cyber Outlook,” which analyzes China’s evolving ICT governance system, including data flow and privacy policies, technology sector political leadership, the build out of Chinese standards, and global expansion of Chinese tech companies. Before joining CSIS, she launched the industrial cyber business for Siemens in Asia. Previously, she led China technology sector analysis at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group. Prior to this, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Defense Group Inc., advising senior U.S. government officials on China’s science and technology (S&T) development. A former Fulbright scholar in Beijing, Ms. Sacks holds an M.A. from Yale University in international security and a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese literature. She reads and speaks Mandarin.
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