“Tappy” was the Pride of T-Mobile US. The third-largest mobile phone group America, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, had invented the robot to test new mobile phones. His mechanical Arm could simulate the tactile movements (“taps”) of a user on the touch screen accurately. The technology was top secret.

One day, disappeared into one of the small arms from the Central T-Mobile laboratory in Seattle. He “found” it in the Laptop bag of a Firmengasts from abroad – an engineer of the Chinese network equipment manufacturer Huawei, in fact, clueless.

The Episode of 2013 – which led to a mild civil penalty for Huawei is now the focus of an escalating confrontation between the United States and China. The U.S. Department of justice, Huawei has long been in the crosshairs, accused the group but it is only now with the full gun. That is directly in front of the next round of Negotiations in the US-China trade happened in the war, which begins this Wednesday in Washington, was hardly a coincidence – the US President Donald Trump loves the street fight.

But whether it’s enough this time, is questionable. Because the charges at the customs dispute and in many other skirmishes with China, the dispute over the new, global G5-mobile frequency network, it is about much more than the quick victory, and with the Trump of base can compete – even though he needs this victory after the Shutdown debacle, now more than ever.

It’s about the balance of power in a future world order.

Huawei-presentation in Beijing

And as the two largest economies meet economies on all fronts – politically, economically, militarily, technologically, diplomatically, and legally. “Can the US and China are strategic adversaries and strategic partners at the same time?”, quoted by Fred Kempe, the President of the Atlantic Council, former US national security Advisor Stephen Hadley. “That has never been reached.”

The trade talks back now back into the spotlight – and the Huawei affair has not warmed the climate. Co-chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the group founder, who was arrested at the behest of the USA, in Canada, is complaining. Washington called on Tuesday formally their extradition, China has protested against and, in turn, several canadian citizens. Canada now has until 1. March, to decide on the request of the Americans.

The truce in the trade war ends one day later, on 2. March. There is no breakthrough, threaten new US-customs duties.


But Trumps game space shrinks. The US economy groans under the Shutdown, which has cost eleven billion dollars, three billion dollars is lost. The debacle puts Trump in the China talks under further pressure to succeed, especially since the Shutdown of the peace is only temporary, up to 15. February.

Everywhere, a Countdown is ticking. The US trade delegation is occupied, therefore, although high-class than in the last round, but still no picture of the unit. The double-tip: the Minister of Finance of Steve Mnuchin, a Moderate, and trade representative Robert Lighthizer, a Hardliner. A group of China’s Vice Premier Liu He, to meet on Thursday also Trump sits.

The Shutdown is also still otherwise. Trump stood out, high, without his goal to be a wall to Mexico, at the end of closer. The Chinese, who are at least as clever as Trumps Congress-Nemesis Nancy Pelosi, have registered this political defeat, of course attention – and is likely to be of the presidential Council Bluffs now less irritating.

U.S. prosecution announcement against Huawei

But China, too, has problems. His industry shrinks, a prolonged trade war, it is likely to can’t stand. So it has made the United States, according to information from Bloomberg Business services, an offer: Until 2024 – the end of a potential second term Trumps – be it the US, Goods to the value of a trillion dollars to import, and its trade surplus of reduce. Now China bean buys back U.S. soybeans and reduced tariffs on American cars.

However, the Americans, it is said, remained skeptical of China’s opening up of the market is easier said than done and the other problems – data hacks, industrial espionage, cyber attacks, and thus by no means solved.

Finally, the US government, Beijing still sees as a dangerous rival. This also showed on Tuesday, as secret service chief Dan Coats to the Congress, presented his annual report. In it, he referred to China, it is precisely because of these points-the biggest “security threat” to the US interests: While America techno threatened to logically fall back, can China lead for the first time, cyber attacks against U.S. infrastructure.

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.