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Huawei crackdown

UK bans Huawei, cutting gear from 5G network by 2027

Reversal puts Britain in US-led camp pushing decoupling from China

Pedestrians use their mobile phones near a Huawei advert at a bus stop in central London last year.    © AFP/Jiji

LONDON -- In a reversal that will anger China, the U.K. government decided on Tuesday to phase out the use of Huawei Technologies' equipment in its 5G infrastructure after having just agreed to allow it early this year.

Under pressure from Washington and a growing number of ruling Conservative Party lawmakers to drop the Chinese telecoms giant, the move puts Britain in the U.S.-led camp that is trying to decouple from the world's second-largest economy.

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