The Trump administration blocking a takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm by Broadcom of Singapore is a needlessly overprotective move that makes little sense, believes Salvatore Babones of Forbes. It isn’t clear why a company from Singapore buying an American one is a danger to US security interests. The country is a significant trade and military partner, hosting a large US Navy logistics center. Stopping these kinds of deals has made sense in the past when China was involved. But Singapore poses no such threat. Many of Broadcom’s executives are American or US-educated. Trump is wrong to block this takeover.
The decision to block Singaporean Broadcom’s purchase of Qualcomm is in America’s best interest, holds David Pierson of the LA Times. Broadcom's involvement with China makes this a costly but important step in standing up to the country, which forces companies to play by its rules. Sharing customer data and enforcing censorship are among China’s priorities. It recently forced Apple to remove an app that allowed users to avoid censorship. America is right to take a stand against this kind of government oversight. Semiconductors and 5G mobile technology are also areas that the US can’t fall further behind China in.