John Lee is a senior analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), where he focuses on emerging technologies, future networks, and data governance issues.
How would you describe the dynamic between China and the US?
How does 5G affect the US-China relation?
How do you evaluate the ban of Chinese 5G equipment companies in some countries?
How likely is it that more nations follow the US and commit to 5G solutions without Chinese technology?
Are Chinese vendors able to guarantee the security of 5G network equipment?
Does China need the EU as a partner in the 5G race?
How should the EU use the Chinese dependencies in regard of 5G?
How does the 5G strategy fit in the idea of digital sovereignty and strategic autonomy in Europe?
How would you describe the EU-China relations with regard to 5G?
We see a systematic confrontation between China and Western countries while being highly interdependent. Is that a new way of working together, or will the world go either the Western or the Chinese way?
Does the old saying “trade is peace” still apply?
The interview was conducted on 18. December 2020.