The US lawmakers drafted a resolution criticizing South Africa’s government for its close relations with Beijing and its use of Chinese technology, including the security risks posed by the Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei, but analysts say the concern falls on each government to responsibly use technologies, and China is not the only player in the tech industry.
The US House of Representatives is considering a resolution criticizing South Africa for its close ties to Beijing, especially its use of Chinese technology, and calling President Joe Biden to review Washington’s relations with Pretoria. The hazards of Chinese telecommunications have raised concerns in the US, but some observers contend that any government must responsibly employ technology and that China is not the only participant in the sector. Most governments in sub-Saharan Africa applaud China’s investment in digital infrastructure, even though less than 30% of the population there uses the internet. Digital watchdogs caution that China is one of the greatest domestic violators of internet freedoms, and there are worries that autocratic African regimes may imitate their practices not just Chinese tech, but the way China uses it to monitor dissent.