The US bans Huawei and solar panels. China ‘investigates’ sorghum. Is a trade war developing between China and the US? Not so fast, says political analyst Kaiser Kuo, and former communication director for Baidu, at Wired. What we see according to him is just business as usual.
Not everyone sees the recent round of actions as an escalation. Kaiser Kuo, host of the China-focused podcast Sinica, says the IP investigation and other actions are typical of the trade disputes between the US and China. Kuo says Beijing probably sees things like blocking Huawei from the US as retaliation against China over a cybersecurity law that requires technology companies to host their data in China. Apple is moving its Chinese customers’ iCloud data to a government controlled cloud hosting company to comply with the law.
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