Our world view (for want of a better world) prior to World War II was the British Empire’s and thereafter the United States with its McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Coke, jeans, Hollywood, GM, social media dominance through Apple,Microsoft, Google and Facebook has been there until now.
All the hotels and multinationals are in some way dominated by the USA.
Our worldview in Fiji has been fashioned by American or Western culture but since the beginning of this century we see the rise of China and it appears that the Western world is unable to stomach this entry.
Huawei and 5G is felt as a threat but the small and vulnerable nations like Fiji been subject to control by the Western world view. Sure China’s system of governance is not as transparent as Western democracies but then have we forgotten the analytical fiasco and how Facebook and Google have infiltrated our daily lives and have access to our personal data.
When I hear of billions of dollars of fines being imposed by US and EU regulatory bodies against social media companies, I wonder if any of the money trickles down to us minions, who has also suffer the infringements or breaches but don’t have the clout to take action.
Data collected by Facebook, Google and other social media apps can be used against us and analytics has shown how but how much oversight do we have as would be the case with Huawei and 5G.
Why then do we see this boogeyman approach by Trump and the USA to control other democratic and independent nations to not engage with Huawei 5G.
The Western world will need to wake up to the fact that technology, knowledge and intelligence has no race and no barrier.
It’s like with COVID-19 being a global pandemic.