States are fighting so hard for technical standards.

China express train

In many areas, including rail traffic, China sets its own standards and exports them around the world.


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Berlin, Brussels What happened in Bonn in 1999 sounds like an agent thriller. Federal official Ulrich Sandl was entrusted with a sensitive matter when he rushed out of his apartment window. He almost died and was in a coma for several days. An attempted murder? It is still not clear today.

At the time of the mysterious crash, Sandl resisted US government plans: President Bill Clinton wanted one Encryption standard for the still young Internet apply, which would have reserved special access to US security agencies.

Sandl’s Minister Günter Rexrodt of the FDP has openly accused the United States of wanting to engage in “industrial espionage”. Although there was a compromise in the end: Since then, Sandl has known how hard states fight for supremacy in the world of standards and patents.

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