China’s 5G dominance could lead to a ‘dangerous’ internet split with the US, Donald Trump’s FCC chief warns

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), listens during an interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Pai discussed security concerns surrounding Chinese network vendors, the potential merger of T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp., and political advertising on social media. Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ajit Pai believes that letting Chinese equipment into 5G wireless networks in the US “would open the door to censorship, surveillance, espionage and other harms”. Photo: BloombergChina’s prominence in next-generation 5G wireless technology not only threatens US security but could lead to a “dangerous” US-China internet split, the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission has said.

“You don’t need to look hard to find evidence that the Chinese government is willing and able to use its growing influence in global commerce to advance its own interest,” Ajit Pai said at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York on Tuesday.

Echoing a growing US concern, he said he worries “that the end result [of China’s technological advances] is essentially to create two different internets”, with a version built by the Chinese government being heavily censored.

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