How trade war sparked technology war

There is a popular idiom that says ‘’if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’’ This means that if something is working, leave it alone.

In May 1977, Thomas Bertram Lance, then the director of the Office of Management and Budget in President Jimmy Carter’s administration was quoted by the newsletter of the US Chamber of Commerce, Nation’s Business explaining that the trouble with the government was “fixing things that aren’t broken and not fixing things that are broken.”

In the recent past, President Donald Trump’s administration did exactly what Lance had stated. The US barred Chinese companies from accessing its technologies like Google’s Android operating system, microchips from Qualcomm and other hardware components.

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