David Zweig, in characterising the US-China trade dispute as a “ tussle for tech supremacy” (Comment, December 6), misses a crucial issue. From a national security standpoint, the US should not, indeed must not, allow itself to make use of Chinese-made technology (including communications and internet of things devices) because of the certainty that the Chinese government will ensure that such devices have a back-door capability to send any and all data to Chinese monitoring sites.

Professor Zweig is correct that the US goal is to “end China’s state-directed industrial policy”, but this is a security not a tech supremacy problem, and it will be with us for decades.

Louis J Cutrona, Jr
Ridgewood, NJ, US


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