Why is it that Chinese mobile phones and Chinese fabricated chips are not a security threat to India but Chinese investment in industries are a threat?
The assessment of security threats related to Chinese mobile phones, Chinese-made chips, and Chinese investments in industries can be complex and context-dependent. Different countries, including India, may have varying concerns and policies regarding these matters.
1. **Chinese Mobile Phones and Chips:**
- Chinese mobile phones and chips, like those from other countries, are primarily assessed for their cybersecurity risks. There have been concerns in various countries about potential vulnerabilities, backdoors, or data privacy issues associated with some Chinese-manufactured devices.
- However, not all Chinese mobile phones or chips are considered security threats. Many Chinese manufacturers produce high-quality, secure devices that are widely used globally. Security concerns often focus on specific companies or products rather than the entire industry.
2. Chinese Investments in Industries:
- Chinese investments in industries, particularly in critical infrastructure sectors, have raised national security concerns in several countries, including India. These concerns may include worries about foreign control over strategic assets, technology transfers, and potential espionage.
- Governments often scrutinize foreign investments to ensure they align with national security interests. They may impose restrictions or conditions on investments in sectors deemed sensitive.
It's important to note that each country conducts its own risk assessments and sets policies based on its unique geopolitical, economic, and security considerations. What one country perceives as a security threat may not necessarily be the same as another country's assessment.
In the case of India, the government has, at times, expressed concerns about certain Chinese investments in sensitive sectors and taken steps to regulate or restrict them to safeguard its national interests. These actions are often driven by a combination of economic, political, and security considerations.
A S Narayanan
Both Chinese Chips and Investments are threat because of the huge trust deficit between the two countries! Chips because they could be bugged for spying and investments because of huge potential for extracting profit from Indian people when India Army is on an eyeball to eyeball confrontation along the Line of Actual Control with Chinese army in Ladakh.
Now most of the Chinese mobile phone brands have been forced to manufacture in India ( like iaomi, Oppo, Vivo etc) and India has already become the second largest manufacturer of mobile handsets in the world !Chinese leadership perceives India as a likely challenger to its domination of the vast Asian continent, if given a free run ! China”s long term threat to India is real and it was George Fernandes, India’s Defence Minister in Vajpayee government in 1998 who openly spoke to the media in country & world at large regarding the “string of pearls “ strategy being followed by China to limit India’s influence and contain it to the maxmum possible extent ( to just South Asia). China has been arming Pakistan with missiles, fighter jets and even nuclear technology for decades. Bangladesh has been given huge financial support for building infrastructure as part of Belt and Road Initiative ( Chittagong port was expanded and modernised) to get economic & strategic leverage with that country. Similarly Srilanka has been given huge loans and the Hambantota port has been leased by China for 99 years. Pakistan has always been on a mission to bleed India with a thousand cuts and encouraging its animosity with India serves China’s aim of limiting India perennially to its squabbles with South Asian neighbours like Pakistan !
After Vajpayee government’s ext in 2004, there has not been any worthwhile attempts to face the threat from China until the Modi government took over the reins of power in New Delhi ! Modi government inherited a tough legacy : The poor border infrastructure along the LAC with China was appalling , Defence modernisation was on the backfoot with even the Rafale aircraft deal being postponed due to lack of funds ! Government took a conscious decision to prevent China from making inroads into India and thus only items which the country essentially needs, have been getting imported until effective alternatives are available. However let’s note that China is not a major manufacturer of most advanced chips. China imported US $600 billion worth of chips from other countries. China has spent and US$ 200 Billion over the last 20 years to master chip manufacturing but has failed !
Giving a free run to Chinese investments at a time when our Defence forces are on an eyeball to eye ball confrontation with Chinese forces cannot simply be done at all ! India has a huge market and why at all should India offer access to our vast market to companies from China, which has always been trying to pin our country down and also claiming our territory in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh ? So while essentials would continue to be imported, China won’t be given market access by India to profit from our people. This is a tit for tat by India. Meanwhile the resentment against China has been on the rise across the globe including among ASEAN nations who share land and sea borders with China and also among Western powers like USA, France , Briton, Italy etc. In the long run Chinese will have to come to their senses.
In the garb of investments by China in India, it has had the capability to thieve, spy, and influence the locals for its benefit. Even Chinese mobile phones and Chinese fabricated chips are a threat.
India and Indians have been convinced beyond any doubt that the Chinese can never ever be trusted. The Chinese machinations are for all to see and they are all as clear as crystal.
China has devasted the Economies of especially third-world countries and that’s one reason why G20 deliberations had to include the point of “Debt restructuring by China”.
That’s the reason the Chinese wanted to have a plant in north India, but were flatly refused and instead were given a site in a state in Southern India.
Pravinchandra G Dhameliya
Not only Chinese.
All foreign investment in industries is a security threat.
They can destabilize your economy at will.
In case of China. Chinese industries are just extensions of .
China is not . Can use their investment as weapon against you.
Fresh example of economic terrorism.
We have seen in case of Russia.
Russia was thrown out of SWIFT system.
While Russia trusted SWIFT and was part of it since long.
So you needs to be very suspicious about any foreign lead economic system.
They can use it as weapon against you.
You never know.
Chinese investment in industries are a threat to oligarchs of India. In automobiles Chinese companies may displace exsting one. Historicaly kings and people welcomed migrants and later become indians. It is difficult to get hafta from Chinese businessmen.
Saurabh Kumar Singh
Will banning cheap Chinese phones make India a handset-making hub?
No, not really, unless chip fabrication is set up in India,
No smartphone can be termed as completely manufactured In India, It's just assembled in India.
and the expensive Indian Branded smartphone that was previously sold in India was much lower quality than the current Chinese phones, this is because Chinese brands themselves were manufacturing smartphones for Indian brands and as per instructions from Indian brands they were manufactured with the help of poor quality materials that will not last long, after looking at the number of orders by India brand Chinese company eventually realised the potential of Indian Market and they decided to Cut out the middlemen and offer high-quality items in the Indian market to acquire the trust of Indian consumers, which is exactly what happened.
This decision is both too late and too early, And it would be taken to help local brands compete with foreign brands, particularly Chinese brands.
It is too late because we have all experienced low-quality products and poor after-sales service from so-called "Indian Mobile Brands" (Made in China Indian Brand smartphones) and
too early because no Smartphone or mobile phone is or can be completely manufactured, designed, and then assembled in India.
The advanced Chip fabrication industry is not present in India because of the risk involved in this industry, so Chip fabrication Industry should be set up in India first,
you might be thinking about why chip manufacturing is important. the answer is the most expensive part or element of a smartphone is its processor !!