back to article Singapore infosec boss warns China/West tech split will be bad for interoperability

One of the biggest challenges Singapore faces is the potential for a split between tech stacks developed and used by China and the West, according to the island nation's Cyber Security Administration (CSA) chief executive David Koh. "If you look at it from a historical perspective, Singapore has benefited from being an open …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Introp of what!? China already bans anything western, they actively haven't wanted to play nice for years.

  2. Bebu Silver badge
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    Probably inevitable...

    It should be matter of more surprise that much of the contemporary technical world is interoperable.

    Its not that long ago there were a few incompatible proprietary networking technologies (physical to presentation layers.)

    Television PAL/SECAM/NTSC and even POTS telephone system. Not forgetting the 240/120VAC/50-60Hz mess.

    If the PRC and its BRICS mates want to take their bat and ball and go home the EU, US, CA, UK/AU/NZ etc will have to arrange to manufacture their kit somewhere else. The remainder will have to choose.

    The likelihood of two such adversarial blocks sitting in good faith on ISO etc standards committees to ensure interoperability is almost certainly nil.

    I can understand this outcome could be financially disastrous for entrepôt nations like Singapore. Not forgetting that many global TW, KR and JP tech corporations have considerable investment in manufacturing and markets in the PRC who will suffer considerable loss of assets and sales (as will many US companies.)

    One point the pandemic made clear was that tightly coupled, mostly irredundant, systems are extremely vulnerable to disruption. After decades of dismissing the globalization sceptics' arguments the hasty, disorganized, uncoordinated rush to national, or nation block, self sufficiency (or technical sovereignty etc) with equally little thought of the consequences is likely to result in tears and the return of extensive trade restrictions.

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Re: Singapore infosec boss warns China/West tech split will be bad for interoperability

    Would you like to venture a guess/opinion as to bad/worse for interoperability for whom? The West or the East?

    And ... if you are obliged to choose one or the other, what would be your preference to provide with AIdDevelopment and assist virtually remotely?

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