A “Virtual Berlin Wall” Between The U.S.-China Tech Cold War

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Author: Fraka Dawa Putra Agswenko

You may have seen the first episode of the US-China tech cold war where the U.S. administration barred Chinese telecom giant firms, Huawei for using its technology on their products. As an example, the U.S. tech like Google cannot be found anymore on Huawei’s smartphones. The U.S. administration under Trump also declared to ban all Huawei’s 5G technology to operate in the U.S. The tension between the U.S. and China has been escalating even further since then. So, what would happen next?

We could probably have another “Berlin Wall” virtually regarding their tech cold war. The U.S. made another strict restriction over export control and disrupted the global chains of semiconductor. They will block every company in the world who produce semiconductors for Huawei and its entities that use machinery and software US-made. This could make two different hemispheres where the U.S. and China take charges in each of them. The impacts are very tangible. We could see that the U.K. has taken the side of the U.S. by banning Huawei’s 5G technology and have it removed by 2027. Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea also barred Huawei’s 5G technology and started to develop their own technology.

This current episode likely shows how this tech cold war would drive the future of technology and the state of the global chain. We are thrilled to see how far the impacts from this cold war could give and the situations that we would have in the future.