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Huawei crackdown

Asian carriers step away from new Huawei smartphones

Japan's SoftBank, Taiwan's Chunghwa and South Korea's KT review sales plans

Huawei Technologies introduces its P30 Lite to Japan during an event in Tokyo on May 21, a day before Japanese carriers KDDI and SoftBank said they will delay sales of the model. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO/TAIPEI/SEOUL -- Carriers in Japan and Taiwan have become the first in Asia to say they will not sell Huawei Technologies' new smartphones in the wake of U.S. restrictions, with a South Korean peer saying it may follow suit.

The news comes as a blow to Huawei's global ambitions just as the Chinese tech giant regained its position as the world's second-biggest smartphone maker.

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