- Dec 5, 2015
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- Political Leaning
That broader conflict is playing out where so much of our lives now take place: somewhere in the miniaturized guts of cellphones. China has been using its commercial leverage to spread its own wireless equipment around the world to extend its influence and control. And Beijing isn’t coy about its ambitions: They are codified in its Made in China 2025 policy, announced in 2015 and restated since.
The battleground is “5G” — the next generation in wireless communications. 5G isn’t just a faster version of 4G; it is qualitatively different. Currently, wireless phone calls are routed through cell towers. With 5G, that link will be nearly direct, cellphone to cellphone. As a result, 5G will have many positive applications. It is crucial for the advancement of technologies such as autonomous cars that will need to communicate with each other as they move down the highway. But it also creates the potential for much more precise levels of surveillance by governments and potential bad actors.
Huawei, founded by Ren Zhengfei, Meng’s father and a former member of the Chinese military, just this year outstripped Apple in smartphone sales. Backed by Beijing, it has for some time been aggressively selling 5G products around the world, alarming the U.S. national-security establishment.
Companies like Apple and Tesla need to stop producing their products in China. Manufacturing in the enemies playground is dangerous where the laws are much different.
Too many U.S companies are trying to expand their influence in China... that's a problem. I guess with Starbucks and KFC they do not care so much but there is a reason why Facebook and Google are banned in that country.