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Germany caught in dilemma over Huawei 5G rollout

China-friendly solution would fix country's glacial internet but inflame US

A move by Germany to ban Huawei would tempt Beijing to retaliate against German companies in China. (Nikkei montage/Reuters)

HAMBURG, Germany -- Berlin finds itself caught between Beijing and Washington as it considers whether to exclude China's Huawei Technologies from building badly needed fifth-generation, or 5G, telecommunications networks in Germany.

Pressure to follow the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan in banning Huawei has been growing since German security agencies unanimously voted in January for a ban. But the influential BDI industry association warned on Feb. 6 that such a move would tempt Beijing to retaliate against German companies in China.

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