Illustration: Craig StephensIllustration: Craig Stephens
Illustration: Craig Stephens
Josef Gregory Mahoney
Opinion

Opinion

Josef Gregory Mahoney and Maximilian Mayer

Donald Trump’s campaign against Huawei is a symptom of digital orientalism, ignoring similarities in Chinese and Western surveillance

  • The US’ targeting of Huawei is rooted in long-standing fears that China might challenge the idea of civilisational superiority on which the West constructs itself
  • Focusing on Chinese surveillance effaces the threat posed by Western tech giants

Illustration: Craig StephensIllustration: Craig Stephens
Illustration: Craig Stephens
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