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Asia must step up tech security as it hands Huawei 5G green light

Governments around world set to follow UK stance on Chinese telecoms giant

| China

Britain's decision to green light Huawei's involvement in its future high-speed fifth-generation, or 5G, telecoms networks represents a clear defeat for American diplomacy. A similar pattern has emerged across Asia over recent months, with Washington's dire warnings about spying risks and the Chinese company's equipment largely ignored.

It now seems clear that most major telecoms markets will allow some kind of role for Huawei kit as they build out 5G. The question is how this process will be managed, an area where many Asian nations are lagging behind their European counterparts.

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