A pedestrian walks past an ad displaying a 5G sign in London on January 29. The US has been putting pressure on its allies to ban the Chinese telecom giant from their 5G networks. Photo: EPA-EFE A pedestrian walks past an ad displaying a 5G sign in London on January 29. The US has been putting pressure on its allies to ban the Chinese telecom giant from their 5G networks. Photo: EPA-EFE
A pedestrian walks past an ad displaying a 5G sign in London on January 29. The US has been putting pressure on its allies to ban the Chinese telecom giant from their 5G networks. Photo: EPA-EFE
Robert Boxwell
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Robert Boxwell

Trump must stand firm on Huawei to convince US allies to ban the Chinese company from their 5G networks

  • US allies who hesitate to keep Huawei out of their 5G networks are not only afraid of reprisals from Beijing but also find a Trump-sponsored policy a hard sell. Worse, they are unsure the US will be there for them when the dust settles

A pedestrian walks past an ad displaying a 5G sign in London on January 29. The US has been putting pressure on its allies to ban the Chinese telecom giant from their 5G networks. Photo: EPA-EFE A pedestrian walks past an ad displaying a 5G sign in London on January 29. The US has been putting pressure on its allies to ban the Chinese telecom giant from their 5G networks. Photo: EPA-EFE
A pedestrian walks past an ad displaying a 5G sign in London on January 29. The US has been putting pressure on its allies to ban the Chinese telecom giant from their 5G networks. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Robert Boxwell

Robert Boxwell

Robert Boxwell has worked and lived in the Asia-Pacific region since the early 1990s. He is an occasional contributor on business and regional issues to the South China Morning Post, Reuters, Financial Times and Bloomberg, and is writing a book on the history of US-China trade. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, where he is director of the international consultancy Opera Advisors. Find him on Twitter: @RobertBoxwellJr.