Why the West’s war with Huawei isn’t worth the airtime
The West – and China – should learn how to pick their battles and focus on what’s truly important
Like the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, Huawei is not really a fight about technology. Rather, it is emblematic of a superpower showdown, a simple, scary signifier to the West that its pre-eminence is being challenged.
Then it was the Soviet Union. How can it be, Americans wondered as they tuned in to the disconcerting beep, beep, beep of the first satellite, that the communists in Moscow are not just matching the West, but surpassing it?
Now it is those communists in China. How is it that the West doesn’t have its own 5G champion? How come it has to have this debate about deploying Huawei kit in the first place? Why doesn’t it have its own? Why isn’t the West the best?..