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

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. read more

US is losing the 5G war to China

By HIROYUKI AKITA / Nikkei commentator

TOKYO — A little over a year has passed since the U.S. launched its war on China’s high technology, aiming to block the country’s telecommunications companies from 5G infrastructure projects around the world.

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America’s Answer to Huawei

BY LARA SELIGMAN / Foreignpolicy

Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer business group, speaks on stage during a presentation to reveal Huawei's latest smartphones in Munich on Sept. 19.

Today, the United States is at a similar inflection point in its competition with China. But this time the U.S. government—which has grown clunky and risk averse in its dealing with innovation in the commercial sector—is ill equipped to lead in a number of key technology areas that are going to define the future of warfare.

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