If the ongoing tensions between Beijing and Washington force companies to develop two different sets of technologies -- one for China and its aligned countries, and the other for the rest of the world -- then it would be bad news for everyone, according to a senior executive at a multinational tech firm.
As ITIF has argued for more than a decade, there is no question China is the world’s leading practitioner of the dark arts of innovation mercantilism. As such, the United States, and the global trading community more broadly, is well within its rights to insist that China dramatically roll back these egregious and unfair practices, including intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, and massive industrial subsidies.
It’s thrilling and nail-biting stuff watching the unfolding of what some predict will prove to be the defining event of our time - the onset of a technology cold war between the world’s two superpowers, the US and China. Whether Trump’s tough stance on Huawei turns out to be a hard-ball negotiating tactic or not, the events of the last few weeks will, in all likelihood, set China on a game-changing course towards becoming technologically self-reliant.
America was late to the game--and is now paying the price because China, the world’s second largest and powerful economy behind the U.S., was able to take advantage by stealing secrets from some of the nation’s most critical businesses, including the U.S. government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is worried that the communist-led country has stolen defense secrets and used them to technologically advance their own defense systems, in both capacity and intent.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo that Huawei Technologies' ties to the Chinese Communist Party pose the greatest threat to America’s economic and national security. “Huawei is an instrument of the Chinese government. They’re deeply connected. It’s something that hard for Americans to understand,..."
Contrary to popularly held beliefs around automation, the report found that 87 percent of US knowledge workers are comfortable with reskilling in order to work alongside a digital workforce. The report, based on research conducted with nearly 5,000 respondents globally, also revealed that more than three quarters (77 percent) of US respondents have already experienced some of their daily tasks being automated over the course of the last 12 months.
“We’re all going to suffer in this industry if we don’t get this thing resolved,’’ said Tom Caulfield, chief executive officer of Globalfoundries Inc., the largest U.S. contract manufacturer of chips. “Even though you try to do the right thing and force a better balance in trade, it could have negative consequences.’’
China occupies a commanding position, producing more than 95 percent of the world's rare earths, and the United States relies on China for upwards of 80 percent of its imports. Rare earths are 17 elements critical to manufacturing everything from smartphones and televisions to cameras and lightbulbs. That gives Beijing tremendous leverage in what is shaping up largely as a battle between the US and China over who will own the future of high-tech.
...the friction between these two superpowers, the U.S. and China, could result in a separation of tech spheres. This is already beginning as Chinese tech companies such as Huawei and Xiaomi look to alternative sources for semiconductor chips and other high-design supplies. It is also happening as U.S. companies are turning away from selling to Chinese companies and into China.
These satellites will demonstrate the ability to provide high-speed internet connectivity for ground stations with a signal delay of less than 20 milliseconds, which is comparable to wired broadband. And this is just the first wave: Eventually, Musk expects SpaceX’s Redmond factory to turn out more than 1,000 satellites a year, with regular 60-satellite launches adding to the constellation.