Mike Pompeo proposes American Great Firewall to keep out Chinese technology

Mike Pompeo proposes American Great Firewall to keep out Chinese technology

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.S. to develop a “Clean fortress” around citizens’ data, with unclean technologies defined as those with Chinese origins.
  • This is essentially an American version of China’s Great Firewall, though its implementation is uncertain.

Not even a week ago, the Trump administration gave an ultimatum to ByteDance, the Beijing-based owner of TikTok, to either sell its U.S.-based operations or be banned by September 15.

The Trump administration is now doubling down on its own version of “internet sovereignty,” the concept that undergirds Beijing’s implementation of its infamous Great Firewall, particularly in the era of Xí Jìnpíng 习近平.