“For the first time in living memory, the United States is facing a strategic challenge to its position at the forefront of communications technology and infrastructure networks. Alarmed by the rapid accretion of China’s influence in the field, the US has taken the initiative against Huawei. Moving decisively against the company across a range of areas, the US government is exploiting Huawei’s principal vulnerability: its continued reliance on the outside world. It is a perfect example of what Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman have dubbed ‘weaponising interdependence’—governments using the characteristics of the globalised economy to further their strategic goals.”
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