The US government’s ongoing offensive against Chinese tech flagship Huawei is sometimes portrayed as ham-handed American protectionism. This is also true of Washington’s restrictions on ZTE and several other Chinese surveillance-product companies.
The sanctions extend to companies supplying chips to Huawei and are also designed to dissuade or prevent companies and countries from using Huawei to build their 5G networks – an area where the Chinese firm is a world leader. Many allege that Washington is attempting to cripple the Chinese player in order to allow US firms to catch up.
But as someone who has worked in computer and networks technology in the US, Japan and Korea, and as someone who is by no means a Donald Trump supporter personally, I welcome his administration’s initiative in the area.