Few Chinese businesses participate in CES 2020 than in 2019. Photo: Nikkei
Chinese companies attending the world’s largest consumer electronics exhibition are encouraged to memorize some English sentences. For example, they are advised to say “We will cooperate” in case of confrontation by US police, or “We have a lawyer represented. If you confiscate the product, we will talk to the law. Your professor. ”
These are the flyers printed by employees at CES 2020’s free legal advice booth. Intellectual property theft is a hot issue in the US-China trade war. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco – sponsors of lawyers and leaflets – want to support their compatriots in resolving any disputes they may encounter.
Meanwhile, attendees themselves are more optimistic, especially in advanced technology cooperation such as 5G, showing the huge potential of the US consumer market is still the attractive point. However, the Chinese authorities are not reckless. In a statement posted on its website last week, the Commerce Department reiterated the incident at CES 2016, in which US police raided the Chinese skateboard manufacturer’s booth due to a copyright dispute with a US company.
The statement said: “According to our lawyers, such incidents may be repeated at CES this year. All participants of the Chinese exhibition should take care of the risks and prepare them.” Authorities advised them to bring intellectual property certificates and seek legal assistance if US police appear.
Legal aid booth for Chinese companies attending CES 2020. Photo: Nikkei
According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organizer of CES, the exhibition space of the Chinese company is expected to be 5-6% smaller than in 2019. CTA official statistics show that in 2019, There are 1,120 exhibitors from China, in 2020 is 1,097.
Even so, attendees at CES this year agreed they felt less hostility and more opportunities for cooperation, especially in emerging areas. They agree that the world has many conflicts and the only solution is through cooperation because science and technology should not have barriers.
TCL, OnePlus – two Chinese phone makers – chose to launch the first 5G smartphone in the US. Harry Lu, TCL’s director of foreign operations, said the US was the company’s top priority market for its mobile business.
Local authorities also want to reduce tensions and increase cooperation between US and Chinese companies. However, at the national level, it is difficult to see this friendly sentiment.
During a program at CES, US Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai called 5G a “national security issue”. He said that 5G allows billions of devices to connect but increases the risk of attacks from those who want to abuse to create network security holes. He also mentioned the decision to ban China Mobile from providing 5G services in the US.
US-China enterprises are not the only subjects monitoring the situation. Among these are German manufacturer Merck. The company is partnering with Asian semiconductor manufacturers for 5G. Mr. Anand Nambiar, Merck Executive Vice President, commented: If each country has its own supply chain, the industry will face challenges from a cost perspective. The model of cooperation must continue.