Aside from the paranoia of Western governments, perhaps the most surprising thing about the Huawei v US trade spat, is the speed at which the Chinese brand has acquired such a strong market share in global Smartphone sales.
More to the point, should we expect similar events to impact the global car market?
Asian brands have an impressive track record landing punches on previously dominant US and European market leaders.
Fifty years ago, it was Nissan and Toyota that came from nowhere with models like the 240z and Land Cruiser to practically invent the term “market disrupter”.
More recently Kia, thanks in part to the brilliant work of German Designer Peter Schreyer transforming their previously dowdy line-up, have enjoyed a sustained roll of success. Confident designs, strong product and bold marketing, have led to booming sales, while many a competitor brand has stagnated.
Ssangyong, once derided for some pretty shocking crimes against aesthetics, could well repeat the formula in the world of pick-ups, with products that offer a whole "loada’ truck for your money".
But what about China, the largest global manufacturer of motor vehicles in the world, with a volume of production nearly three times the size of the USA and around a third of total global output? Can we expect to see the next wave of disruption appear from Chinese shores?
Amongst their big five automotive holding companies - SAIC, Geely, DongFeng, BYD and FAW - all are investing significantly in factories, talent, R&D and Western acquisitions.
Geely, who only entered the automotive market in 1997, now own Volvo and LTI, the latter manufacturers of the iconic London Taxi. Their classy, tech-infused brand Lynk & Co is inventing new forms of subscription-based ownership, with users able to rent a car on-demand via an App on their mobile phone.
Shanghai based SAIC Motors, owners of the legendary UK sports car brand MG, recently unveiled their first electric vehicle the ZS Electric at the London Motor Show. They are now the biggest importer of Chinese cars into the UK, with parts and kit brought in from China and assembled at their Longbridge assembly plant.
BYD, whose previous models have been accused of ripping-off the likes of Toyota, Mercedes and Renault, are leading the charge (excuse the pun) in electric and plug-in vehicles, with its electric drivetrain powering more than half of Europe’s electric buses.
China’s Electric Vehicle market, valued at $18 billion, is by far the biggest in the world, with Plug-In EV sales of 2.2m in 2018 – more than double the volume of the US. With the likes of Shanghai-based pure electric brand Nio pioneering its technologies through Formula E and backed-by cash-rich Tech investors like Tencent and Baidu, it's a commanding position to capitalise on a new era dominated by EV and in-cabin tech.
As we go to press, audiences on DriveTribe seem split over the potential for China to cause major disruption in Western automotive markets. A little over a fifth believe Chinese vehicles won't be to Western tastes, with sales limited to Asia. A further 28% believe China's impact will be marginal, with perhaps a juggling or dividing-up of single figure market share percentage points at the lower, value-end of the market.
A third - 32.8% - believe China's growth in the West will largely occur through stealth, with acquisitions - like Geely and Volvo, SAIC and MG - providing a front through which new automotive superpowers exert a more consolidated grip on global markets.
That leaves a not insignificant minority, 18% - perhaps the prescient few - who believe we're in for a shock, with a major wave of new Chinese entrants destined to hit Western shores in the next ten years.
With the jury hung for the meantime, this debate will be one to follow. Perhaps all it will take is a couple of convincing Chinese brands to muscle their way in, building a tipping point for others to follow.
The catalyst: perhaps millennial buyers seeking a value-driven, tech-brimming, "something different to the norm". We can only wait and see.