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Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE may well have had draconian measures that had crippled the company lifted by the US Department of Commerce following an intervention by President Donald Trump, but the narrative that ZTE is a threat to national security is refusing to subside.
US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren became the latest politician to take aim at the telecoms behemoth and strongly criticized US senator Joseph Lieberman for serving as a lobbyist for the powerful Chinese vendor.
The ability for Republicans and Democrats to work together to form new policies and legislation in the US Senate and House of Representatives has been at an all-time low during the Trump administration.
The decision by the US to ban ZTE and Huawei from being involved in the rollout of 5G networks has drew bipartisan approval with both Republicans and Democrats voicing their concerns that both companies close association to the Chinese government was a huge threat to domestic security.
Warren, who announced she’d be seeking the Democratic nomination for the US Presidential election in 2020, denounced the US senator for acting as a lobbyist for the Chinese telecommunications behemoth on Twitter.
Warren tweeted, “ZTE is a giant foreign telecoms company that’s close with the Chinese government. They’ve violated serious US sanctions in Iran and North Korea. Their lobbyists keep blocking accountability. And today former senator Joseph Lieberman joined them. Should that be legal? No.”
Warren is an outspoken politician and is known for being a firebrand. She has faced the wrath of US President Donald Trump who has repeatedly ridiculed her claims that she was Native American.
She said that there should be a lifetime ban on members of congress working as lobbyists to make sure they only serve the public. Warren added, “We need a ban on foreign lobbying so countries like China, Russia and Saudi Arabia have to conduct their foreign policy out in the open.”
Bloomberg reported that Lieberman, who was a vice presidential nominee in 2000, began working for ZTE in November. According to a lobbying registration form submitted to the US Senate, he is conducting an assessment of the concerns members of the US Congress, the executive branch and US businesses have about national security risks around ZTE products.
The form also states Lieberman will not be advocating for ZTE, and he had been appointed in the interest of transparency and caution.
The Chinese Government has released a five-year plan to develop intelligent manufacturing in a bid to increase the nation’s competitiveness.
The plan was released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology at the World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit in Nanjing on Wednesday.
According to a press release issued by Intelligent Manufacturing Summit the plan proposes a two-step strategy and ten key tasks for intelligent manufacturing.
Under the two-step strategy, by 2020 foundation and supporting capability for intelligent manufacturing will be enhanced significantly, and digital manufacturing for key areas of traditional manufacturing industry will be realized.
Then from 2020 to 2025, supporting systems for intelligent manufacturing will be established and preliminary intelligent transformation for key sectors will be realized.
The plan also calls for speeding up development in intelligent equipment and key common technologies, setting up intelligent manufacturing standards, expanding intelligent manufacturing trials, and promoting intelligent transformation in key sectors and small and medium-sized companies.
It also pledges coordinated development of regional intelligent manufacturing and nurturing talents and stresses that development of intelligent manufacturing is a long-term strategy.
Other key parts of the plan include enhancing the security controllable capability of key technology and equipment, beefing up supporting capability for bases, upgrading integrated application level, exploring new modes for cultivation and building beneficial development environment.
The move follows the Government’s May 2015 announcement of its "Made in China 2025" initiative designed to transform the country from a low-cost manufacturing giant to a high-tech manufacturing power.
That initiative focuses on 10 priority sectors, including advanced rail, aviation and aerospace, agricultural machinery and technology, and new generation information technology. It encourages domestic manufacturers to make technological breakthroughs in the emerging industries to shift towards more value-added production.
China an M2M leader
In June The GSMA and EY (Ernst & Young) both released reports into the Chinese machine to machine (M2M) market predicting enormous growth and citing strong government support as contributing significantly to China’s rapid take-up of M2M. The GSMA report, Mobile Operators and Digital Transformation, produced in conjunction with The China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), said the market would reach one billion connections by 2020, with the majority coming from the developing Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) market.
“China is currently the world’s largest M2M market with approximately 100 million cellular M2M connections, a figure that is expected to increase to 350 million by 2020, the report said. “However, an additional 730 million connections will be enabled by LPWA technology, taking the total figure to just over one billion. By 2025, it is expected that 50 percent of the world’s 28 billion connected devices will be suitable for connection by LPWA networks.”
EY, in its report M2M in China: opportunities to build on global leadership said China was already the market leader in M2M. “Yet the market is still in the early stages, as M2M accounted for less than five percent of telcos’ service revenue in 2015.” However, EY added: “Benefiting from the Government’s proactive support and the sheer scale of the opportunity, the addressable market and the opportunity for further growth are immense.”