Retreat for China as the US, Israel plans to collaborate with India to develop 5G technology


In another setback for China, two developed nations – Israel and the United States – have decided to collaborate with India in creating the next generation of emerging technologies.

In another setback for China, two developed nations – Israel and the United States – have decided to cooperate with India in creating the next generation of emerging technologies.

The three countries have decided to work together to establish a transparent, open, reliable and secure 5G communication network.

The extension of this trilateral development and technology initiative is the result of people-to-people partnership, particularly with the Indian diaspora in the US and Israel, initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his historic visit to Israel three years ago in July 2017, community leaders said.

Collaboration in 5G is just the tip of the iceberg and a first step, according to Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

“We are thrilled to work with these partners to solve the world’s development challenges,” she said in her keynote address to the virtual US-India-Israel summit that focused on trilateral partnerships in the strategic, technology and development arenas. The summit was also addressed by Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka and his counterpart Sanjeev Singla.

“One area we’ve been cooperating on is digital leadership and innovation, particularly in next-generation 5G technology,” Glick said. As part of the initiative, Silicon Valley, Bengaluru and Tel Aviv – all leading, innovative technology hubs – will increase collaboration for developing 5G technologies, Glick said.

When it comes to Israel. The US and India are collaborating in the defence sector, and much of this collaboration and discussion takes place in closed rooms because the topics are quite sensitive, the official said.

“As we talk about development cooperation, we talk about transparent and open activities that will make all three countries extremely proud of how they impact people’s people all around the world,” Glick said.

Javier Piedra, deputy assistant administrator of the Bureau for Asia at USAID, said that in the case of India and Israel, they had a “peer-to-peer relationship”, always looking to see how they might advance their respective activities cooperatively so that they might leverage common goals, resources, and comparative advantages in pursuit of self-reliance globally.

“In addition, we seek to set the stage for more international development on a trilateral framework, whenever possible,” he said.

“Our relationships with Israel and India, given our peer-to-peer relationship, exemplify the value of working together on issues related to water, water and security,” Piedra said

M R Rangaswami from Indiaspora, who proposed the technology triangle (Silicon Valley-Tel Aviv and Bangalore) idea to PM Modi in Israel in 2017, said that the beauty of this model was that technology was popular in three things, and all sorts of “incredible things” had come out of it.

Dr Bharat Barai, an Indian-American from Chicago, said that people-to-people relationships, business, science and technology between the three countries would not only strengthen ties but would also help in developing activities in third-world countries.

Nissim Reuben, Assistant Director of the Asia Pacific Institute (API) at the American Jewish Committee, said that a strong, prosperous, vibrant and resilient Indian economy was a top priority for many countries, especially the US and Israel.