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Trade war

Huawei probe risks bigger shock to smartphone industry

A ban similar to ZTE's would choke off supplies to the world's third-ranked vendor

U.S. authorities are reportedly investigating whether Chinese smartphone leader Huawei violated American sanctions related to Iran. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- Sino-American trade frictions are mounting in the global smartphone industry as U.S. authorities turn up the heat on Chinese market leader Huawei Technologies.

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether the world's No. 3 smartphone maker violated American sanctions targeting Iran, media outlets reported on Wednesday.

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