China’s Southeast Asian Neighbors Mixed on Huawei For 5G Networks Amid Security Concerns

China’s Southeast Asian neighbors have expressed mixed interest in offers by telecom giant Huawei to roll out mobile wireless 5G networks and other products in their countries, amid concerns over the firm’s links to Beijing and how its technology could compromise national security.

In May, the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei and nearly 70 affiliates to its prohibitive “entities list” of companies that pose a threat to the nation, based on the possibility that its products could be used for surveillance. Huawei is now required it to obtain special permission to purchase components from U.S. firms.

While U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration granted a license that allows U.S. companies to continue to offer Huawei support until mid-August, several major firms are now limiting their business with the Chinese company.

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