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Huawei stockpiles key parts ahead of 5G and foldable phone debut

Chinese maker also looking to diversify suppliers as US ramps up pressure

TAIPEI -- China's Huawei Technologies is stockpiling components and seeking to expand its supplier network to ensure its largest ever smartphone launch goes smoothly despite the simmering U.S.-China trade war.

The company is expected to unveil its new offerings -- including a foldable, 5G-ready handset -- on the eve of Mobile World Congress, the biggest mobile networking industry event in the world, which kicks off on Monday in Barcelona.

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