WORLD - The 5G Conflict

Arno Froese

Divisions over technical standards and the role of China’s Huawei are jeopardizing the rollout of superfast connections. 

The world came together to build 5G. Now the next-generation wireless technology is pulling the world apart.

“National security and commercial interests are all entangled, and it’s very hard to separate them,” says Scott Wallsten, president of the Technology Policy Institute, a think tank.

The way 5G was created, and the way it is now being deployed, capture an ongoing conundrum for Western countries—how to balance healthy competition and collaboration with national interests and the rise of China.

The 5G dispute centers on Huawei, arguably China’s most important tech company, with a dominant position in networking equipment, a big smartphone business, and increasingly sophisticated chips. The company is accused of stealing technology and of having close ties to the Chinese government that might enable cyberespionage. It has become a symbol of China’s ambitions to dominate the technology, through innovation as well as nefarious means.

Even if 5G was meant to be a truly global communications standard, the technical plans reflect shifting national strengths and resulting tensions.

The technical specifications for 5G are developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a coalition of standards organizations from the US, Europe, China, Japan, India, and South Korea. The group is putting the finishing touches on Version 16 of the 5G specs, which will add features that let devices hop among a wider range of wireless spectrum, offer high-precision positioning, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, and more reliable, virtually instantaneous communications, crucial for industrial uses.

5G has inspired new coalitions among nations, including the D-10, a coalition of democratic nations proposed by the UK that would collaborate on technologies like 5G as well as global supply chains.

-www.wired.com, 2 July 2020

Arno's commentary

Just a few decades ago, there was no question about technology; if it did not come from the USA, it would go nowhere. Today, times have changed. Communist China no longer is known for producing cheap plastic toys, but is on par with other first world nations in manufacturing top quality, high-tech products. Unfortunately, the USA is a country not known to accept changes readily, which will be detrimental in the long run. China is on the way to replace the US as the dominant economy; the rest of the world will have to accept it as fact.

What does the future hold? Nothing more and nothing less than what we have been saying for decades: this all leads in one direction—globalism. Globalism—or as Revelation calls it, Mystery Babylon, to which all nations of the world contribute—is the spirit of global equality, which has literally made the world rich. Revelation 18:15 states: “The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing.”

It would take more than this short commentary to explain what Mystery Babylon does and why it’s called “fornication,” and why Revelation 18:23b ends, “for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”

As Bible-believing Christians, what is our position in relation to this development? We repeat: we are in this world—that means we make use of everything that is available with the determined goal to highlight the truth of the Bible: only Jesus saves, and He is coming again—but we are not of the world. Our goal is never nationalistic or patriotic. We are the exclusive product purchased with the blood of the Lamb: the Church of Jesus Christ worldwide. Thus, we do not fear what the communists, the socialists, the capitalists, the monarchists, the dictators, or religious authorities do or do not do. We are, I repeat, in the world but not of the world.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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