Since 2018, Trump’s presidency has been marked by its continuous hostilities with China, and especially with Huawei, a company that was even blacklisted for collaboration with American companies, which ended up by leaving the products of the Chinese technology without the support of Google and its Android devices.
Behind Huawei’s cornering was the high commercial tension in recent years between the country of stars and stripes and China, but also the accusation that the firm could collaborate with the government of the Asian giant when it came to providing data on US citizens in the deployment of its 5G networks.
Something similar were the arguments with which Trump’s accusing finger pointed to TikTok, the Chinese-owned app, and which also by means of executive orders ended up being at least partially acquired by an American partner which, after many rumors about Microsoft, was finally Oracle.
And, finally, Trump’s term in office has also been marked by his disputes with social networks, his attempt to modify section 230, and the progress of Congress in its antitrust investigations into Google -this being sued by the Justice Department just a few weeks before the election-, Facebook, Amazon or Apple.
It seems clear that beyond the change of President, the United States, and surely the world society in general, is living a change of paradigm regarding its attitude towards the technological giants. From goodism and the celebration of innovation, to reservations and suspicions about their growing power. And in the case of Biden, it seems that this line will also be followed.
A good example of this is what Biden has said on more than one occasion about his views on technology, Facebook, and more specifically Mark Zuckerberg.
“I’ve never been a big fan of Mark Zuckerberg. I believe that the problems his platform has led to (misinformation) are real and we must be tough about it,” said the next President in an interview with The New York Times.
Biden is believed to share Trump’s suspicions about China’s ability to threaten the security of American data. As president, Biden will try to confront China while trying to avoid an all-out trade war, according to experts.
In fact, Biden has also spoken out on Huawei and China with an unsuspecting tone. He told the Times in the same interview:
“God only knows what they’re doing with the information they’re getting here. So, as president, I will look into it and get to the bottom of it.
Nor does he seem too far removed from the subject matter left by Trump about the patent limitations that prevent U.S. companies from working with Huawei. Biden has said that China “will continue to steal for its technology and intellectual property from U.S. and American companies. It will also continue to use subsidies to give state-owned enterprises an unfair advantage and the ability to dominate future technologies and industries.
A fund very similar to Trump’s but which could have a different strategy. At least, Biden has shifted the focus to China by saying that “it’s America’s biggest competitor, but not the biggest threat, that’s Russia,” changing drastically on the words of the tycoon who has occupied the White House for the past four years.
And there, perhaps, seeing the struggle with China as exclusively commercial may be the crux of the matter. It should be remembered that the U.S. restrictions themselves have been used by chip manufacturers because a large part of their manufacturing market is concentrated in China, a country that, despite depending on licenses, has a large number of foundries or assemblers.
With respect to TikTok and its union with Oracle or not, everything seems to be more in dispute in the courts than in the White House. At least for the time being. Especially after we learned a few days ago that the Department of Commerce was stopping the possible banning of the app in the United States.