"political, diplomatic, and trade factors"
Read: The Chinese government's ability to surveil/control.
China has implemented new rules for buying tech equipment in a move to bolster the country's cybersecurity. The new rules, announced yesterday by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), requires "critical information infrastructure operators" to undergo a review for any tech products or services that "affect or may …
More information on this will be needed to go beyond simple snark and into the realm of an outright conspiracy...
But until then, yeah: We know Communism violates civil rights, particularly privacy, to maintain control. Why would they NOT do this (i.e. surveil and control)???
Or has everyone forgotten the Chinese government's poor record on individual rights and privacy... "Great Firewall" anyone?
AC you are perfectly justified to snark in such a manner. I would.
Come on, Bob, don't tell me US has strong laws protecting privacy. As for control, please spare us of your righteousness. Any government on this planet wants and needs to control its citizens.
And since you seem to be well informed, what is so special about China ? There are some other countries with even poorer record on human rights and US sees no problem in partnering with them. So why exactly China, why are they required to have a spotless record ?
When you go around shrieking about how a Chinese company puts your comm infrastructure at risk without any proof whatsoever, and try to strong-arm everybody else to "trust" you just because, well you can hardly be surprised that China, in turn, takes your arguments at face value and sets its own comms infrastructure rules down.
Except that China doesn't have to go shrieking that Cisco is beholden to the NSA, everybody knows that - and there's proof.
What a surprise, I would have though that most people except the current incumbent of the White House could have foreseen this.
You reap what you sow and in this case the biggest losers are likely to be the companies that have vigorously campaigned against Chinese products. Arrogance and protectionism only gets you so far. Maybe I should add stupidity to that as well!
Unlikely, the US has become a very 'fragile' trading partner over the last few years. It no longer wants to do business with the rest of the world unless we bow down and kiss your current incompetents feet, sorry meant incumbents there but it still fits.
China is just pointing out that they require certainty and security of supply neither of which the US can ensure. This is noteworthy because it is being done at a national level but there are many firms who are investigating possible escape from US made critical infrastructure.
This is what happens when a lying, cheating, untrustworthy guttersnipe of the lowest scum level possible gets elected to lead the largest economy on the planet.
China should not be doing this but they are certainly not the only major power that reviews acquisitions based on parochial interests and justifies it based on national security.
As for spying, again, all major powers spy on their citizens and non-citizens.
China's grievous faults lie in the area of human rights.