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Wednesday, February 17 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Is US-China trade in telecoms and information compatible with national security?

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In the 1990s the United States led the creation of a globalized free trading system in telecommunications. We encouraged other countries to open their markets to competition and liberalized trade in both services and devices. Through the WTO, the world ratified the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which reduced tariffs and opened market access in equipment, and the Basic Telecommunications Services (BTS) agreement, which liberalized telecom services markets. We promoted a nongovernmental global governance regime for critical internet resources, organized around ICANN.

The US is now turning away from free trade agreements and toward tech nationalism. Our alleged rivalry with China is usually invoked as the justification.

Does it make sense for the U.S. to pull back from its support for a free market economy in communications in order to counter the rise of Chinese capabilities? Is the use of Huawei equipment really a national security threat to the United States? This purported conflict between the US and China implicates core issues in telecommunications policy. It touches upon cybersecurity, the use of common (global) standards and standards development organizations, trade in telecommunications equipment, internet services and e-commerce.
This panel will foster a balanced dialogue around these issues. It was put together by two internet and policy experts with views that diverge enough to make it interesting but are open to dialogue with the other side.

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Milton Mueller

Professor, Goergia Institute of Technology
Milton Mueller is the O.G. of I.G. He directs the Internet Governance Project, a center for research and engagement on global Internet governance. Mueller's books Will the Internet Fragment? (Polity, 2017), Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press... Read More →

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Andy Purdy

Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies, USA
Andy Purdy is the Chief Security Officer for Huawei Technologies USA (since July 2012). Andy oversees Huawei USA's cyber security assurance strategy and system, and supports Huawei’s global security assurance program. Andy is the Huawei global lead for the East-West Institute... Read More →

Claude Barfield

American Enterprise Institute

Wednesday February 17, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm EST
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