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What the Quad joint statement has to say on 5G and chip shortages, and why it matters

Quad countries including India look to set open standards for 5G and wean off dependence on Chinese manufacturing.

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or the "Quad" — an informal alliance of India, the United States, Australia, and Japan — had their first in-person summit in Washington DC in the lead-up to the United Nations General Assembly meeting, and the four countries released a joint statement on September 25 outlining a variety of international security and cooperation priorities. The statement addressed two cyber priorities: 5G security and supply chain issues (the global chip shortage). "Today, we begin new cooperation in cyber space and pledge to work together to combat cyber threats, promote resilience, and secure our critical infrastructure," the statement says. This joint statement comes as China's vision of the internet, that the Quad was formed to counteract, drifts further away from the rest of the world's vision. From refusing Chinese hardware in 5G networks to weaning off of Chinese manufacturing dependence in general, the four nations have faced friction with China in some form or another. But beyond China, cybersecurity issues are rising in India, with international attacks growing more common, not to mention state-backed hacking, as reported in the Pegasus revelations. Open standards for 5G In partnership with industry, we are advancing the deployment of secure, open, and transparent 5G and beyond-5G networks, and working with a range of partners to foster innovation and promote trustworthy vendors and approaches such as Open-RAN. Acknowledging the role of governments in fostering an enabling environment for 5G diversification, we will work together to facilitate public-private cooperation and demonstrate in 2022 the scalability…

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