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Huawei plays star role in new China-Russia AI partnership

Distrust of US outweighs suspicion of each other -- for now

DIMITRI SIMES, Contributing writer | Russia, Caucasus

MOSCOW -- As Huawei Technologies scrambled to cope with U.S. sanctions in 2019, the Chinese telecom equipment maker was feeling nothing but love from Russia.

Huawei acquired Russian facial recognition technology. It launched a 5G test zone in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin even spoke up for the company, saying the U.S. was trying to "brazenly force it out of the global market" by blacklisting it, as quoted by the government-funded RT.

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