Headline RoundupFebruary 29th, 2024

Biden Calls Out Chinese EVs as National Security Threat

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden announced new steps Thursday to investigate whether Chinese electric vehicle (EV) imports pose a national security concern.

The Details: The ease at which EVs and other internet-connected vehicles collect vast amounts of data on drivers, passengers, and infrastructure has fueled national security concerns. Biden authorized the U.S. Commerce Department to head up the probe, with no specifics yet on what actions may follow.

For Context: Chinese automakers such as BYD, Nio, and Xpeng have rapidly expanded their global sales, raising concern over their U.S. business efforts. While the issues with data collection seem to be the focus of the threat to national security, there is also unease when it comes to the much smaller price tag of Chinese EVs compared to U.S.-manufactured ones.

How the Media Covered It: The New York Times (Lean Left Bias) highlighted how Biden has continued to utilize high tariffs imposed by Trump against China. Some right-rated sources, such as The Daily Caller (Right bias), described China’s efforts to expand EV sales in the U.S. and other countries as an “invasion.” 

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