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Huawei crackdown

UK allows limited role for China's Huawei in 5G networks

Closely watched decision likely to anger US but please Beijing

Britain's decision on Huawei is a bellwether for other countries facing U.S pressure to ban the Chinese company. (Source photo by Kosaku Mimura). 

LONDON -- The U.K. will allow limited use of equipment made by Huawei in the country's 5G infrastructure, the government said on Tuesday in a decision that will likely please Beijing but irk Washington, which considers the Chinese company a threat to global security.

The closely watched decision, which will be taken as a bellwether by other countries facing U.S. pressure to ban the company, gives high-risk vendors such as Huawei a restricted role in building the U.K.'s fifth-generation telecom networks by allowing them to supply peripheral equipment like antennas.

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