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US is losing the 5G war to China

Asia holds the key, favoring cost over fears of potential Chinese spying

Washington fears that Huawei's 5G networks would be used by Chinese intelligence agencies to siphon sensitive information.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A little over a year has passed since the U.S. launched its war on China's high technology, aiming to block the country's telecommunications companies from 5G infrastructure projects around the world.

The battle initially raised concerns that the world's digital networks would be divided into two mutually exclusive blocs led by the U.S. and China. Former Google chairman Eric Schmidt was among those who sounded the alarm.

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