Nations across the world including the USA and India, are putting a ban on the Chinese tech companies and revamping trade relations with China. Some say the primary reason to do so is to prevent threats to national security, whereas some point out to China’s opaque response to Covid-19. Let us find out which countries have put a ban on Chinese companies and why?
Crux of the Matter
Chinese Tech Companies, A Threat?
All the Chinese companies are vulnerable to Article 14 and Article 16 of China’s Intelligence Law, 2017. No matter what Chinese companies say to the governments across the world but they will have to comply with the Chinese government’s order, making every Chinese app a potential threat to the nations across the world.
State intelligence work organs, when legally carrying forth intelligence work, may demand that concerned organ, organization, or citizens provide needed support, assistance, and cooperation.Article 14 of China’s Intelligence Law, 2017 (non-deniable Article)
Intelligence official may enter relevant restricted areas and venues, may learn from and question relevant institutions, organizations and individuals and may read or collect relevant field, materials, and itemsArticle 16 of China’s Intelligence Law, 2017
TikTok In Pain
After the imposition of controversial national security law, many giant firms like Google, Facebook, etc have withdrawn their operation in Hong Kong. More shocking is that China’s TikTok has also announced to stop operations in Hong Kong. By doing so, the company is trying to show its distance from mainland China. However, TikTok’s decision to stop operations in Hong Kong is not that straight forward as it fell into a controversy over censoring anti-China posts in Hong Kong during protests against the Extradition Law last year. Experts say the move could be politically motivated.
America is mulling to ban TikTok after considering it a potential threat of leaking personal data of users to Beijing. Recently, India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, a move which was also hailed by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo. Amidst high tension over the border, India banned these apps considering them a threat to national security.
Americans should only download the app if they want their private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State
Apart from security reasons, there was a serious problem with censorship of content.
Ban On Huawei
Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S. have decided to ban and phase out Huawei’s products. Meanwhile, the UK has banned the company from contributing core parts to 5G technology, cutting Huawei’s share in the country’s new network to 35%. UK is also thinking of banning Huawei by capping its share price and excluding it from the core 5G Project. It might consider removing 3G and 4G equipment of Huawei as well.
Moreover, the USA has increased pressure on China by banning the sale of semiconductor chips to the Huawei. Countries such as Denmark, Sweden, and Belgium are also thinking of excluding Huawei from its core 5G infrastructure development.
- The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and of its founding and ruling political party, the Communist Party of China (CPC). Huawei was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former Deputy Regimental Chief in the People’s Liberation Army.
- PUBG Mobile topped the charts for earning maximum revenue in May this year. The Tencent-owned game led the gaming app segment by making $226 million revenue last month. The Chinese game was followed up by Honor of Kings, which garnered revenue of over $204 in May across the globe.
- In Ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang is a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
- BBC – Huawei: UK government weighs up ban of Chinese firm’s telecoms kit
- Luxembourg Times – Don’t let China control your networks, US envoy tells Europe
- Which Countries Have Banned Huawei?
- Print – ‘Working for China?’: Maneka Gandhi slams TikTok over animal cruelty videos on platform
- BBC – TikTok to exit Hong Kong ‘within days’