(RightWing.org) – China has claimed it has plans to leverage itself as the world’s dominant economic and political power by the 2049 centennial anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. However, US-based Big Tech companies could throw a wrench in those plans. For instance, a new report indicated that Dell plans to suddenly replace Chinese-made computer chips and other high-tech components.
On January 5, Japanese economics media company Nikkei Asia reported that US computer manufacturer Dell plans to phase out the use of computer chips made in China by 2024. The report indicated the company plans to shift to purchasing parts from other countries in the region, like Vietnam.
BREAKING | Dell looks to phase out 'made in China' chips by 2024.https://t.co/71ThVKCKwB
— Nikkei Asia (@NikkeiAsia) January 5, 2023
Similarly, three unnamed individuals with inside information told Nikkei Asia that Dell also notified its suppliers of its intentions to reduce reliance on Chinese-manufactured components in late 2022. One of those individuals confirmed the “aggressive” nature of the company’s goals. According to the source, Dell’s shift also includes chips purchased from Chinese facilities provided by “non-Chinese suppliers.”
Additionally, HP started looking into the feasibility of moving away from its production and assembly operations out of the Asian country. Apple plans to begin manufacturing its MacBooks in Vietnam by mid-2023. According to the report, the moves of the American Big Tech companies are part of an effort to diversify production away from China amid mounting tensions between Washington, DC, and Beijing.
Concerns over continued Chinese influence in the US tech market aren’t limited to the private sector. News reports emerged in 2022 detailing an ongoing FBI investigation into Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei for developing the capability of intercepting and disrupting communications within the US Defense Department.
FBI Investigation Discovered Huawei Technology Could Disrupt DoD Comms Involving Nuclear Weapons
Equipment was placed by the Chinese company on top of cell towers located in rural Midwest areas where US military bases were nearby. https://t.co/oKTfXb3ncT
— National File (@NationalFile) July 27, 2022
An article published in late July 2022 warned that Huawei was placing equipment on cell towers next to American military bases to capture communications from the US Strategic Command, which oversees the nuclear weapons program and systems.
The Chinese government denies any wrongdoing, but US concerns over Huawei’s purchase of plots of land next to military installations predate former President Donald Trump’s administration.
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