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US and partners must meet China's authoritarian challenge in 5G

Allies, including Japan, can develop technology and standards only by cooperation

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A pure cost-based approach does not consider the longer-term price of adopting Huawei equipment.    © Reuters

The deployment of advanced technologies is the newest battlefield between open societies and authoritarian regimes. This applies to technological innovations from artificial intelligence to quantum computing, but it is most visible in the rollout of fifth-generation networks that will underpin the next generation of connected devices.

Advanced mobile phones, connected Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and automated vehicles will all rely on the high speed of 5G networks.

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