After the U.S. sanctioned Huawei, China is said to have added Xiaomi to its global strategy initiative. 

Xiaomi started making smartphones, but now they also make electric cars and mobile internet, joining China’s satellite internet plan.

Li Yanming is a China analyst. He told Chinese language media ​​Da Ji Yuan that Xiaomi will now take the role of Huawei as China’s high-tech tool for global expansion.

Last March, Xiaomi is said to have entered the market for electric cars. In late June, it set up Zhuhai Xinjie Semiconductor Technology Co. The company focuses on making chips and special equipment for semiconductor devices.

Analyst Li Yanming thinks this chip sector is strategic and essential to Beijing. Xiaomi started out making smartphones, and it has worked with Beijing to infiltrate countries along the “Belt and Road.” As a result, Xiaomi has become a powerful tool for the CCP’s global strategy.

In August, Xiaomi released the humanoid bionic robot CyberOne. That comes two months ahead of Tesla with the prototype robot called Optimus.

The observer noticed that although the two robots have a similar appearance, there is a huge difference in core algorithms, application scenarios, and cost.

Tesla’s Optimus costs less than $20,000 and will be mass-produced and sold in five years. But Xiaomi’s CyberOne costs from $84,000 up to $98,000. There is also no mention of the time frame for mass production.

Besides, Optimus’ inner tech is self-built based on Tesla’s fully self-driving technology and mobile network. But 80% of the core components of Xiaomi’s CyberOne are imported from abroad.

Earlier this month, the U.S. announced a new round of export sanctions on chips made with U.S. tools to China. The goal is to further slow China’s tech and military progress.

Bai Mingjun, a senior IT engineer in the Japanese auto industry, also told Da Ji Yuan that the latest sanctions would make it harder for Chinese tech firms like Xiaomi to catch up with Western counterparts like Tesla and Apple.

Xiaomi was also once on the U.S.’s blacklist for an alleged Chinese military link.

Besides making electric cars and semiconductors, Xiaomi participates in Beijing’s satellite internet plan.

In March, the Chinese space company GalaxySpace put six broadband satellites into low orbit. Chinese media says the six satellites will form the first 5G test network between space and the ground.

Lei Jun is the chairman of Xiaomi. He also took part in China’s satellite Internet plan. In addition, Lei Jun has invested in Galaxy Space via his Shunwei Capital.

Lei Jun’s Shunwei Capital has joined in all rounds of financing for Galaxy Aerospace.

It was already known that Galaxy Aerospace had ties to China’s military.

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