US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance


Another US government panel has warned of the dangers of over-reliance on Chinese tech vendors: the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

The commission released its 2018 annual report today, and in it warned that China’s plans to dominate two key tech sectors – the Internet of Things, and 5G – represented a threat to US critical infrastructure.

The report noted “significant state funding for domestic firms and 5G deployment, limited market for foreign competitors, China-specific technical standards, increased participation in global standards bodies, localisation targets, and alleged cyber espionage and intellectual property theft” as problematic, both in security and competitive terms.

The well-known insecurity of IoT devices, plus their frequent dependence on vendor servers, also got a serve.

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