Fifth Generation Technologies and their Impact on the Chinese -American Strategic Competition

Fifth Generation Technologies and their Impact on the Chinese -American Strategic Competition


  • محمود حوش سورية


: technology of fifth generation, – cyber dimension, USA, China


This study seeks to highlight the significant changes that the US-China relations are currently witnessing, and which in turn have contributed in further complicating the intensity of the strategic competition between the two Countries. These changes are mainly represented in the emergence of the technology of the fifth generation of telecommunication networks (5G), which, considering its increasingly critical role in achieving the element of power and superiority over the opposite party, each of the mentioned States is attempting to monopolize. In such pursuit, China has adjusted its strategic method in the field of cyber-space, and adapted a strategy that is based upon military-civil fusion, which refers to employing civil technology firms in the service of military advancement, and which upon it has employed firms operating in China in developing and manufacturing 5G technology. Accordingly, the US has started to view security in the cyber field as a matter of national security, and has been including it in the National Security Strategy since 2017, which eventually led to engaging in a trade war against China and withdrawing US tech firms operating in it, in order to prevent China from putting their technologies into use. The study concludes that the cyber aspect of the relations between the two Countries, which has appeared most clearly in the competition over 5G technology, has contributed to complicating the intensity of the basically economic and political strategic competition among them, and has created a situation of continuous mutual threat between the US and China, where each measure taken by one state is followed by a countermeasure from the other