In 2020, President Trump issued an executive order to force the sale of an application - Tik Tok developped by a company that did not even existed when Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos wrote his paper about technological innovation in China. France has also issued an order to remove 3,000 Huawei antenna out of 18,500 which are on the territory. Yet, mobile phones in France are hardly providing G3 coverage on the territory. As for UK, its G3 coverage is appalling.
Shenzhen, a 16 million city in the South of China, has just announced that the G5 coverage was completed in August 2020. It has required the installation of 46,000 repeaters supplied but Huawei and it took one year.
To protect Apple, the US governement is considering to remove Wechat from all cell phones in the U.S. This application, developped in 2011 by Tencent, a Chinese company established in Shenzhen in 1998, competes with various U.S applications available on Apple Store or Google Play. 900 million Chinese use it daily. In the US, there are only a potential of 300 million customers and not all US citizen have internet access.
It is, of course, not the end of the game. Tencent, Alibaba, Huawei, and many others including the owner of Tik-Tok (based in Beijing) were unknown to the public five years ago. Newcomers are knocking every year at the door. while the monopolistic practices of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon are coming under scrutiny. It is doubtful that a Maginot line built on sand in the US will prevent China to develop a high-tech economy much faster than the Western economies mired in conflicts of interests. The victims of such a war, are, as always, the customers.
For a long time, the Western economies took for granted that their technological edge was such that they could sale second-end technology to countries they considered for some reason unable to challenge them. This is how the French leader of TGVs, Alsthom, lost the Chinese and Korean market to develop fast trains.Currently China is testing a train that could run at 450 km/h. It has now 36,000 km of high-speed line (August 2020) and aims to have 40,000 more by 2035.
Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos looked at why China would become sooner rather than later a behemoth in the IT world.
Meanwhile, the Western countries lost the plot.
It is not the end of the game. Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos looked at why China would become sooner rather than later a behemoth in the IT world. Meanwhile, the Western countries lost the plot.