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Huawei breaks free from Trump's tech trap

Far from being hobbled, the Chinese company is winning with 5G

(Nikkei montage/ source photos by AP and Reuters)

HONG KONG -- When Huawei Technologies was blacklisted by the U.S. earlier this year, its founder rolled out the war metaphors. Ren Zhengfei spoke of a "life or death crisis" and handed journalists photographs of a strafed World War II plane, explaining that Huawei had been similarly targeted by Washington.

Seven months later, the world's largest telecom equipment company appears barely hampered by U.S. sanctions against it. In this, it represents a microcosm of the wider tech war: America's bark is proving much worse than its bite.

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