The U.S. looks set to go all the way in its ramped-up tech competition against China with the nation's telecommunications regulator advancing a blanket ban on Chinese equipment firms that prevent them from accessing U.S. networks.
The ban is an expansion of America's previous set of measures slapped on Chinese companies, as the Biden administration takes on an even more aggressive approach than the Trump administration.
Intensifying U.S.-China tech war and its global impact it's the topic of our news in-depth tonight, let's talk about it.
Joining us live from Washington D.C. is Paul Fraioli, Research Fellow for Geopolitics and Strategy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Thank you for joining us.
U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously last week to advance a plan to ban U.S. telecommunication network equipment approval from Chinese companies. How do you see this, and what's driving the U.S. to make such aggressive decision?
Last year, the FCC had designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to communications networks barring U.S. firms from tapping over eight billion-dollar government fund to purchase equipment from the companies. This time, the plan bans all purchases regardless of whether federal funds are involved or not and the FCC can also revoke prior equipment authorizations issued to Chinese companies. What does this mean to related U.S. and global firms, including South Korean firms? How do you gauge the impact?
The key target is Hwawei that holds a global market share of 27%. But some experts say disrupting the supply chain of giant tech firms like Hwawei will cause serious chaos to the global market and that U.S. firms may also face a backlash. What are your thoughts on this?
The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against Huawei's plea to override the FCC's ruling. What are the next moves expected from China? How would China take on the heightened challenge?
How would the intensifying telecommunication war reshape regional dynamics in the coming years?
Paul Fraioli at the International Institute for Strategic Studies live for us from Washington D.C. Thank you for your insights.