Have no doubt about it. America’s skirmish with China has more to do with fear than anger. America is about to lose their #1 position on the world’s stage and they know it. And China is posed to step into the pole position. What will it take to overtake the US? Technological advances. And what’s the hottest tech on the planet right now? 5G. This tit-for-tat is why the US issued new export rules last week to choke off Huawei’s access to semiconductor chips.
With the new Commerce Department order, chipmakers cannot use U.S. machines nor software in the manufacture of semiconductors for Huawei. Will this hurt Huawei? Can you spell D-E-A-T-H?
Without these components, Huawei’s 5G dreams are dead in the water. This effectively freezes the Chinese company from technology they need to provide 5G components for the hundreds of countries that were lining up to purchase their tech.
Next up, my guess is China will freeze out the US by holding off on rare earth metal exports. After that, who knows. Maybe the gloves come off for real.