The war against China has gained strength again, and this time together with the intervention of companies like TikTok, among others. We are of course talking about the United States of America, but it is not the only territory that has declared a new cold war against the most powerful Asian country.
The first step was from the White House itself, which gave thirty days to US federal agencies remove the TikTok social network from all control electronic devices.
The order, as reported by Jos, was issued by the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Shalanda Youngin remembrance this week to all public administrations and their private contractors. This again led to a convulsive technological situation between the two countries.
The war in Ukraine is also affecting technology between the United States and China
All we can say is that the technological war between the United States and China has two mutual causes, one economic and the other political. China’s economic cause is an effort to promote its industrial capabilities, which are made in the China 2025 industrial and strategic plan.
This plan, presented in May 2015 as part of the 13th and 14th five-year plans, aims to move China from simply being the ‘factory of the world’, relying on lower labor costs, to produce technology-intensive goods. The 2020 Dual Circulation Strategy, which tries to prioritize domestic demand as the engine of growth (without abandoning the export strategy), complements this idea of an economically and technologically independent China.
This effort to advance technologically is particularly worrisome because China has moved toward a more assertive, even coercive, foreign policy. Mike Pence (Trump’s Vice President) gave a great speech at the Hudson Institute on October 4, 2018. He clarifies the vision of the US Administration: China’s intentions make the Chinese industry more dangerous, as it usually turns into military leadership.
The United States has filed charges against TikTok and others from China and accuses them of abusing their state power
China again accused the United States on Tuesday “Abusing the position of power” and about the “concept of national security” after Washington announced that the application of Chinese origin TikTok will be condemned by government policies.
Chinese Foreign Minister Mao Ning stated at a press conference that the United States had “abused” the team. “they unfairly suppress companies from other countries”. According to Mao, “The United States, a great power, shows a lack of self-confidence by fearing a popular app with young people.”
If we consider the weakening of the economy in 2022 and the prospect of a recession, the collapse of the virtual market has caused the sale, the main income of all the aforementioned companies.
Snap shares, which are most exposed to taxes, have been hit the hardest. Despite this, China’s TikTok saw a significant increase in user base by 2022. A Pew Research Center survey found that 67% of US teens use TikTok, and 16% use it regularly. According to Intelligence Insider, TikTok accounts for 2.3% of the global digital advertising market. The app is growing faster than its biggest competitors.
US companies will not hesitate to check if they are helping Russia
The consultations, which are still in a preliminary state, “lay the foundations for the outcome of the action,” the aforementioned officials reiterated, unless they provide further details. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken declared that Washington would “not hesitate” to sanction Chinese companies if Beijing provided lethal aid to Russia.
The Asian giant, in addition to ensuring that its relations with Moscow do not affect our country, has denied that it will provide Russia with any military aid. He claims that the reports are “dubious speculation”, while accusing Washington of maintaining a hypocritical position.
China has moved to end the peace process in Ukraine, which, according to the media, would include defending its territorial integrity, calling for a disarmament and protection of nuclear facilities in Ukraine, and opposition to the use of chemical weapons.
The first reactions of some Western diplomats to the Chinese denied the proposal because it does not contemplate the withdrawal of Russian forces from the territory of Ukraine, which they consider an essential condition for the implementation of the peace process.
Although Ukraine defends its integrity, China has provided Russia with lethal equipment
So far, what we know is that China has defended the territorial integrity of Ukraine, but has not condemned Russia’s military campaign, even justifying the expansion of NATO.
And what about the United States of America? Well, the option of sending lethal equipment to Russia is shown to be very unlikely, where the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, insists that China is planning to do so.
“We have gathered information in recent months that clearly indicates that China is now considering that option,” they said. On the one hand, the director of the CIA, William Burns, said on CBS that “China is considering the lethal equipment of Russia.” Both, on the other hand, acknowledge that the decision has not yet been made and say that so far no weapons have been discovered in the making.