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Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.
It’s not the first time Trump has criticized big tech companies. He has previously said Twitter “shadow bans” — limits the search visibility — of prominent Republicans. Twitter denied this was the case.
And he has railed against Amazon for paying too little in taxes and using the U.S. postal service as its “delivery boy.” He also raised the possibility of antitrust claims against the company. Amazon has thus far stayed quiet on Trump’s comments.
Meanwhile, in China, firms are required by law to cooperate with domestic intelligence authorities. This has led to growing national security concerns from intelligence officials in the West, who believe phones made by the likes of Huawei and ZTE could be used to spy on customers.
Absolute Strategy Research’s Hessel did not expand on how he expected either country to clamp down on their respective tech industries. He said that a lack of regulation in the U.S. on tech — while the media industry is more heavily regulated — meant it could be a long-term concern for lawmakers in Washington.
“I think the regulation of the tech industry is going to be a huge issue on a three-to-five year view,” Hessel said.
Many analysts have said that tech is a significant point of contention between the U.S. and China in their ongoing trade dispute, with some highlighting 5G as a key component of the escalation of tariffs imposed on each other’s economies. China is also racing to become a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030.