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The Future of Asia 2019

'Enormous capability' of 5G justifies Huawei caution, Turnbull says

Australia's former PM warns 'intent can change in a heartbeat'

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defends his decision to block Huawei at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo on May 31. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Australia's former prime minister on Friday presented a case for his country's quick decision to shut out China's Huawei Technologies from its 5G network, stressing the dramatic expansion of internet connectivity can make the technology an instant threat.

"The reality is that the 5G network is the platform which enables the internet of things," Malcolm Turnbull told Nikkei's Future of Asia conference in Tokyo. This is an "enormous capability" for any individual or entity.

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