Many Americans may dislike American President Donald Trump for his controversial style of governance.
For some, it is because this President is unorthodox in his approach to issues.
For others, it is his always being in the thick of controversial issues.
One issue though concerns Americans and lovers of America all over the world: The Chinese implementation of 5G technology.
This brings to the fore the elephant in the room which most American politicians have been avoiding for the greater part of two decades: Is China going to lead the world in terms of technology?
For this issue to be properly considered and dissected, several factors must be taken into cognizance.
They are noted below.
The Chinese have been Catching up Slowly
While the United States of America has devoted many its resources to be the World’s policeman, the Chinese have been sending their best and brightest to institutions that have been critical to America’s greatness and leadership in technology.
Upon graduation, due to a sense of Nationalism and pride in their country, most of these graduates have gone home to teach or advise the government and private sector on innovation and intellectual property.
This became a foundation for several creative innovations that are starting to show up today.
Little wonder, these Chinese stars are the ones who have laid the framework for a new “Pax-China” which is inevitable unless something happens to stop that (if America is involved, anything is possible).
As such, after several generations of this transfer of technology, Chinese technical universities can propound solutions to complex problems that don’t exist in the West yet.
The Americans Let Their Guard Down
Several American presidents both Democrat and Republican have failed in each their way to review the National Security policies of the United States as an entity and place mission-critical systems such as Artificial-Intelligence, the internet of things and the science behind innovations such as 5G as being classified at best or on a need-to-know basis at worst.
The Chinese however, won’t for any reason let their guard down for sensitive projects.
The Chinese have a firewall for access to the basic internet!
Imagine what they would do to protect anything they think is part of their security infrastructure?
The Americans misunderstand the Chinese and Asians in general.
They play for the long-term.
Anything that is not in the long-term interest of the Chinese is not worth pursuing.
They have had 5,000 years of this strategy ingrained in their cultural and religious belief systems.
It always works out for them; sooner if not later.
American Companies Sold their Know-how for Immediate Profits
Many of the agreements that American companies entered into with their offshore partners always have a technical knowledge transfer clause one way or the other.
As such, the basic systems for manufacturing American-made devices already exist on Chinese soil.
The American companies can’t take their factories away anyway.
The dangerous thing about technical knowledge is the innovative component that is hardwired into the human brain.
The Chinese in particular and Asians, in general, are known for working harder than most races on earth.
If a problem bothers them for more than necessary, they will focus on the problem until it is solved.
This discipline applied to basic American manufacturing technology even if the technology comes from the eighties can make any Country to leapfrog the Americans regardless of whatever innovations exist on the ground.
While the offshore concept works to a certain degree, tighter restrictions must exist as to what leaves home soil.
This is not because of paranoia, it is for the simple fact that the knowledge of the process can lead to a competitor somewhere else.
This is now playing out in the 5G scenario.
The Chinese hold the Aces when it Comes to Trade
As producers and manufacturers who have well-oiled machines and motivated people who are ready to work, the Chinese hold the distinct advantage of dictating the terms of international trade not only between themselves and the Americans but also between themselves and the rest of the World.
Having 25% of the World’s population also plays out well for them as well.
Meeting internal demand alone will keep their economy humming for quite a bit.
Markets with zero manufacturing capabilities but with all the minerals and local labor needed such as Sub-Saharan Africa is a haven for the Chinese governments.
And to make matters worse, the Americans and the West have ignored this factor.
The Chinese, however, have calculated this and are making great strides to ensure that their markets are covered and controlled.
The Americans, however, have that independent spirit that always plays out well when the need arises.
And once they realize the extent of the trade imbalance and innovation that is currently on the ground, they will stand up to the challenge and make things work.
Overall, Americans are still ahead because they have had time to do things right.
However, time is not enough in the 21st century as the recent achievement of 5G technological capabilities have shown.
Innovation on the move which is what America stands for can make this happen.
What do you think?
Will the Chinese lead the World in technology?
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