The decision by Google, Intel and Qualcomm to freeze cooperation with Huawei could mark the point where the rumbling trade war between the US and China becomes a full-blown tech cold war. By excluding China from western know-how, the Trump administration has made it clear that the real battle is about which of the two economic superpowers has the technological edge for the next two decades. It can also be seen as a struggle by the US to curb what one expert calls Beijing’s ability to use technology to achieve geopolitical supremacy. Headlines about tariffs on steel and aluminium obscured the underlying driver of Washington’s hardline approach in the dispute, which was concern about the loss of intellectual property to China through the so-called “forced transfer” of technology in existing trade arrangements. Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times newspaper in China, said the withdrawal of sharing by US tech companies would impact Huawei but would not be fatal because the Chinese firm has been planning for this conflict “for years”. “Huawei has been seriously working on a back-up plan for many years,” he said in a social media post on Tuesday, adding that the freezing of tech integration would… Read full this story
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