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Biden claims Chinese smart cars spy on US citizens, infrastructure

Cars are being welded at a workshop of Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker in Jiangsu Province. (File photo by Xinhua)

US President Joe Biden claims Chinese assembled smart cars collect sensitive data about US citizens and infrastructure and send it back home.

“China is determined to dominate the future of the auto market, including by using unfair practices,” Biden said on Thursday.

The president announced that an investigation has begun into the matter.

“China's policies could flood our market with its vehicles, posing risks to our national security.”

Cui Dongshu, secretary general of China Passenger Car Association, said, “Among all vehicles equipped with intelligent sensors, it is unfair to target cars from a specific country and impose restrictions on them exclusively.”

China has repeatedly criticized proposals by the Biden administration to impose new restrictions on Chinese trade. Beijing has been asking the US government to “stop hyping up the ‘China threat’ theory and its unwarranted suppression of Chinese companies.”

According to experts, the reason behind all this is China’s growing economic dominance in the world.

In a recent interview on February 13, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the extra duties on Chinese goods have strategic value as they have helped reinvigorating American manufacturing and the American economy.

Earlier, China’s top global technology brand was at the center of a conflict between Washington and Beijing over technology and security.

The United States designated Huawei and ZTE as threats, requiring US carriers to remove their equipment from US networks. The tech giant denied the charges.

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