When I say anything of substance to D.C. officials, I try to make my comments public in the spirit of the FCC ex parte rules. (What they tell me is off the record unless they say otherwise.) Earl Comstock, back in government after many years, said something particularly cogent; China market of 1.4 billion people provides economies of scale that often result in leadership. So I sent him this note. There's nothing profound here but I thought he'd be amused.
Once the Chinese companies bring in the capability that’s organic to their nation, they have 1.4 billion consumers who will buy their products and then expand their revenues, increase their research and development, and then expand into international markets.
(The context was whether the world would ultimately choose 25G & 50G Ethernet for 5G backhaul, as China is, or the NG-PON2 Verizon is using. Technically they are about even, but he thought the Chinese economies of scale would prevail.)
We haven't spoken in more than a decade and I didn't know you were back in government.