Weaponizing high tech supply chains: Huawei and the US Government

The American government’s attempts to exclude Huawei from the development of 5G networks in the US – as well as in many other countries – is creating huge uncertainty in the high tech industry over the continued viability of global supply chains.

Whilst Huawei is presently at the epicentre of regulators’ concerns over potential China-originating security breaches, even rivals such as Nokia and Ericsson are facing scrutiny over the use of China-made components. Some commentators have called these efforts ‘weaponizing the supply chain’ or a ‘high tech supply chain cold war’. This in turn is impacting on global supply chain structures and could have a long lasting impact on economic and technological development.

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