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ZTE roars back to 5G race as Huawei reels under sanctions

Without in-house technology, Chinese company's recovery at mercy of US policy

ZTE released China's first 5G-compatible smartphone Aug 5. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

GUANGZHOU -- China's ZTE is staging a swift comeback after the lifting of U.S. sanctions that nearly drove the company out of business, launching the nation's first smartphone for fifth-generation networks and racking up overseas orders for communications equipment.

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