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EU decides against bloc-wide ban of Huawei in defiance of US

Brussels calls for security measures but lets each member choose 5G suppliers

People take pictures of Huawei's new Mate X smartphone in Barcelona, Spain.

BRUSSELS -- The European Union has opted to let each member nation decide whether to use equipment from China's Huawei Technologies, snubbing American demands to keep the company out of high-speed 5G networks.

"EU member states have the right to exclude companies from their markets for national security reasons, if they don't comply with the country's standards and legal framework," the European Commission said in a nonbinding recommendation issued on Tuesday. But the commission declined to issue a bloc-wide ban, in part due to the varied opinions among the EU's ranks.

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