At an informal dinner in Nova Scotia last July, the spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance – the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand – met to map out a systematic campaign to blunt the creeping Chinese dominance of future global communications. Since then, each of the Five Eyes, as well as Japan, has announced new measures to block Chinese tech giants like Huawei and ZTE from selling fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology. Several European countries are debating whether to follow suit. Authorities in Poland arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei (and a former Polish security official) on espionage charges, raided the company’s local headquarters and raised the possibility of backing out of a year-old partnership with the firm to build 5G infrastructure. Last week, U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill that would bar Chinese telecom firms from buying U.S.-made chips and components. And last month, Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, the daughter o
5G, China and the Race to Dominate High-Tech
How Beijing plans to dominate 5G technology, and how the West plans to stop it.