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Australians endorse Huawei ban as part of hard line on China

Canberra risks standing alone after Trump flip-flopped and neighbors caved

| Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands

Keeping track of the U.S. position on Chinese telecoms company Huawei Technologies is a tough job for its allies. One day Huawei is banned from purchasing U.S. technology; the next, a conciliatory tweet from President Donald Trump suggests that Huawei may regain some rights as part of negotiations in the U.S.-China trade war.

Australia, on the other hand, has been largely consistent. In 2018 the Australian government became the first member of the Five Eyes -- an intelligence alliance among Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S. -- to exclude Huawei from building its fifth-generation telecoms network, the next big wave of investment in mobile technology.

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