Over the past two decades, China has mobilized state-owned and state-influenced companies to dominate several emerging markets, especially for 5G telecommunications equipment, according to a report from the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC)

The 50-page report, a follow-up to its March 2020 report, focuses on creating a supply chain strategy for information and communications technologies (ICTs), but notes that similar efforts are needed for operational technologies that control power, water, transportation and other critical infrastructure sectors, such as medical devices and weapons systems.

Much of the effort around creating an ICT supply chain strategy centers on counteracting China’s influence in the 5G market. “This is no accident, but rather the result of a concerted, strategic effort by the Chinese government to capture these markets through a mix of government-led industrial policy, unfair and deceptive trade practices, including state-led intellectual property theft, the manipulation of international standards and trade bodies, a growing network of influence built on the back of diplomatic and trade negotiations, and significant R&D investments in ICT.”

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