SINGAPORE — The United States’ unwillingness to spend money is its biggest disadvantage in a tech race with China, according to a cybersecurity and technology expert. 

From imposing restrictions on telecommunications giant Huawei to issuing executive orders banning transactions with ByteDance, and forcing the company to sell the U.S. operations of the popular app TikTok, Washington has stepped up efforts to put pressure on China’s technology firms in recent years. 

This month, the U.S. Department of Defense said it is in discussions over whether Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s largest chip manufacturer, should be subjected to export restrictions.

“The U.S.’ biggest disadvantage in this tech race is its unwillingness to spend money,” James Andrew Lewis, senior vice president and director of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Thursday. 

“China might outspend us a 1,000-to-1 when it comes to investing in semiconductors and a

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HUNTINGTON — Small businesses can be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to supply chain management during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Avinandan Mukherjee, Dean of the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University that is home of the Brad D. Smith Schools of Business.

“I absolutely believe the bigger companies seem to get preferential treatment,” Mukherjee said. “The main difference between larger and smaller companies when it comes to supply chain issues is bargaining power. Because small companies are at the mercy of larger retail buyers and suppliers sometimes, they do get less focus and attention, especially when production is lower at the other end. So bargaining power definitely creates some risk for smaller companies.”

Still, Mukherjee believes there are a number of measures that small businesses can take to mitigate supply chain disruptions, whether due to a pandemic or any number of other factors. One is to

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