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Opinion

UK's Huawei ban opens new front in US-China trade war

Red mist descends on London's relationship with Beijing as Trump piles on pressure

| Europe
The Johnson government should avoid outright confrontation with China, where it is outmatched.   © AP

Lionel Barber is former editor of the Financial Times and chairman of the Tate art galleries.

The British government's decision to ban Huawei Technologies from participating in its fifth generation, or 5G, mobile network highlights how the U.K. -- and other European countries -- have become caught in the crossfire between an unpredictable U.S. and a newly assertive China.

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