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Huawei's Asian partners right to defy Trump -- for now

Developing states will resist U.S. pressure but China cannot take them for granted

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A security robot with Huawei 5G technology: Despite many denials, Huawei has failed to clear the air on security concerns.   © Reuters

As President Donald Trump increases the pressure on Huawei, U.S. warnings over security concerns have convinced Japan and a handful of other high-income countries to follow suit in banning the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker from the sector's next big challenge -- 5G.

But Washington seems to have had little impact on Huawei's interactions elsewhere in the world -- notably among the developing countries of Asia, including long-standing American defense partners such as Thailand.

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