While the Chinese work within a tightly controlled and impenetrable firewall, which allows them to build 5G networks and software platforms, Big Tech strives for dominating the markets for money, and not too long into the future, for complete control of the internet outside Chinese walls.
The XXI century’s equivalent of fossil fuels is data, your data. The new wars being fought as we speak are for access and processing of millions of terabytes of data, and there is no better place to aggregate data than China.
In the Asian country, over 900 million users are the perfect data pool for companies like Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu that work along the Chinese Communist Party and their companies to feed and ‘educate’ algorithms to recognize the voices and faces of mobile and 5G network users.
It is not a surprise that the world’s largest technology companies: Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and others are helping the Chinese build 5G infrastructure and software interfaces to have everyone inside the Chinese grid by next year.
In the west, meanwhile, China’s only serious opponent -the US- will only be able to have its own 5G network and perhaps not totally safe from Chinese spying by 2025. The United States is still trying to figure out how to build military-grade infrastructure and a similar firewall to the one used by China in order to protect American consumers from outside spying and influence. That will be America’s Internet wall.
The idea is to isolate the American network in the same way the Chinese protect their own network from American influence, which allows the Communist Party to have absolute control over what citizens see and hear. In China, there is no need for Facebook or Twitter, because they have their own version of them. Access to Google is allegedly limited, given the company’s denial to do everything the Chinese wanted to do, but these same companies are working with the Party on their own social networks and censored search engines.
Only Australia and the United States have not subscribed to China’s idea of a global 5G network, with upwards of 90 countries already in agreement to accept Chinese help to install their own infrastructure, and in doing so, giving total control over user data to the Xi Jinping’s government.
According to retired US AirForce Brigadier Robert Spalding, who studied and lived in China, the Communist Party has already made the decision not to collaborate with the US in three sensitive areas:
1. China will build its 5G infrastructure all over the world where countries permit it, consequently acquiring power and control over those societies, often by buying off their politicians with cash or infrastructure projects. That’s the case of Brazil, Costa Rica and Greece.
2. China will continue to operate with no accountability in American financial markets by literally confiscating the assets of American companies that operate in China and using them to invest in the stock market, for example, without having to show any financial audits to the US government.
3. They will continue to block the US and other western companies from transferring their assets to America or anywhere else, as the Chinese run a closed business model that allows companies and investors to get their money in, but never out.
In all these three areas, they will stare at the face of the US until one of the two superpowers blinks.
According to Spalding, American companies such as Microsoft and Google are working dutifully with the Chinese to spread their control grid to the West.
Though in public the Chinese government claims that financial, cultural and technological openness is great for business and globalization, inside the Communist Party, it is clear that such a thing is good only because it allows the Chinese to infiltrate governments everywhere, while they remain sealed tight both on the internet and in their finances.
“They are essentially ready to take a leading role in the international system,” says Spalding.
Back in the mid-2000s when the iPhone and the 4G network married, Apple went from being nowhere to be seen as one the largest companies in market capitalization, to becoming number one, above Exxon Mobile, General Electric and Microsoft. (see table below)
The Chinese realized the power of controlling both the platform and the pipe, where all products and services would run in the next stage which we call the 5G network. Different from the current system, where users make use of cellphones as platforms to run apps and software, 5G presents a different paradigm. Anyone who is not keen to be followed around by Facebook or Google can simply opt-out by not using a smartphone. But with 5G there is no opting out because there may not even be a mobile phone to carry around.
According to Spalding, 5G becomes both the platform and the pipe where everything takes place and it does not depend on someone carrying a mobile device to be followed 24/7.
Just as the Chinese do it on their mainland, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft use artificial intelligence to feed data to their algorithms with the sole intent of teaching them to recognize voices and faces. In China, there is already one street camera equipped with facial recognition for every two Chinese people. By next year, it is expected that there will be one camera per Chinese citizen in operation. This 1984-like spying grid has been built with the help of western tech companies.
In his new book titled Stealth War, Spalding describes the process through which the Chinese attracted western companies to work with them in the development of the platform, services and business model that the Communist Party uses today in China, and that is, to a great extent, the same model used by BigTech to control western markets, aggregate information, process it and sell their processing services and the data to the highest bidder.
What Spalding does get wrong in his book is his belief that while China was growing out of control, American politicians were asleep at the wheel. Reality shows otherwise. By Spalding’s own admission, members of both political parties have very serious and formal interests in China. On the Republican side, Mitch McConnell is married to a Chinese woman whose family has tight relationships with the Central Bank of China, which is controlled by the Communist Party. On the Democrat side, Joe Biden and his son Hunter, have been associated with Chinese companies as well. Hunter Biden apparently received millions of dollars from a Chinese enterprise after he flew to China with his father on AirForce 2.
So, American politicians did not sleep while China took over the development of 5G technology with the help of BigTech, they actually participated in it. Have you heard Mitch McConnell claiming that imposing sanctions is not a good idea? Is it a coincidence? Have you heard Joe Biden saying that America does not have to worry about China, because they are not a threat? Another coincidence?
While in the 4G world the user allegedly owns the data on their phones, on a 5G network the data is no longer the property of the user, but of that who aggregated, processed and used the data together with algorithms and artificial intelligence to bring “convenience” to your life.
Right now, Facebook’s and Twitter’s greatest sins seem to be related to censorship. Both companies ban comments and posts if they violate their elusive community standards. Google has blacklists of people and companies who they ban and censor from their platforms, and they also facilitate the data to ad creators who target social media users.
In the coming 5G world, repetitive ads on your phone’s screen will be the least of your problems; mainly because there will not be a need to use smartphones whatsoever. AI will simply find you anywhere a camera is able to track and read your face or where technology installed in public places detects your voice.
“Everything you do can be watched, and by 2022, with the help of Microsoft and Google, this technology may be available in the US,” warns Spalding. This is where the conflict with Huawei arose. The Chinese company built the network where 5G will operate, and around that network, services and software have also been built in secret by companies owned by the Chinese government.
In fact, Chinese censorship is already present in the West in companies like Facebook and Twitter. Facebook employs at least 15,000 people, in addition to bots and AI systems to censor content that supposedly violates its standards. In China, it is very similar. Individuals paid by the Chinese government also control what people say and post on social media. In the case of Facebook, the company calls the use of data as a process to feed AI so that it can be educated for better results in something called automatic learning, while in China it is called censorship plain and simple.
As Spalding explains it, 5G is a network of things, where terabytes of information are created and saved with your name tag on your file and you, the user, have no control over who accesses it. Even if a country does not use Huawei’s 5G network, a lot of the technology embedded in equipment does have China’s dirty hands in it.
” China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country’s information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls,” reports the AFP news agency. It all seems out of control, but according to Spalding, the US may just have an alternative to a Chinese tech takeover.
The solution to China’s growing dominance in the new 5G world may not be that hard to come by. Spalding suggests that a military-grade network be built so that users can make commercial applications of it and navigate safely, without Chinese intrusion. Apparently, America has, at the very least, the same kind of technology as China, except it has never been deployed for commercial use, but it is available for the country to build its own network. The only reason why it has not been deployed, according to Spalding, is that there aren’t any trustworthy companies that can manufacture the equipment necessary to pair the network so people can use it. You can watch Spalding’s complete interview with Patrick Bet-David on his Youtube channel, Valuetainment.