India’s growing hostility towards Chinese technology shifts landscape of US-China data and cloud competition – Atlantic Council

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A member of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) holds a placard during a protest against China, in Ahmedabad, India, June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave

The Indian government may soon issue a ban on Huawei—preventing the Chinese telecommunications company from supplying 5G infrastructure to India and changing the balance of competition between US and Chinese technology companies in the Indian market. The potential move marks a notable reversal from India’s December 2019 decision to allow Huawei to participate in the country’s 5G trials, but comes amid current hostility between India and China, already marked by the Indian government banning fifty-nine Chinese apps.

As this plays out, US and Chinese technology firms continue pushing into India’s market, across everything from social media to cloud computing.  As the second most populous country on earth, a home to a rapidly growing technology sector, and the source of a new model of data governance, India’s technology markets and growing demand are increasingly having a greater influence on global technology development and norms. The data and cloud competition between US and Chinese firms taking place in the Indian market is impacting India’s digital landscape as well by shaping the services offered …

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