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Taiwan digital minister warns of China's 5G 'Trojan horse'

Audrey Tang says Taiwan acted in 2014 to keep Huawei out of systems

Taiwan's Digital Minister Audrey Tang speaks to Nikkei Asian Review at her office in the Executive Yuan in Taipei. (Photo by Toshiyuki Kumagai)

TAIPEI -- Putting Chinese equipment in a country's core telecom infrastructure is akin to inviting a Trojan horse into the network, Taiwan's digital minister told the Nikkei Asian Review.

"There's no such thing as pure private companies in China. From the perspective of the PRC, the ruling party can change your leader whenever the situation is intense," Audrey Tang, a hacker-turned-cabinet member, said in an interview in her office at the Executive Yuan in Taipei.

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