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Amid tensions with China, U.K. seeks to reduce reliance on Huawei 5G hardware

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Britain wants to forge an alliance with the “D10” network of like-minded democracies, including Canada, to seek out alternatives to Huawei in building 5G network infrastructure. The move comes as COVID-19 and Beijing’s proposed security law for Hong Kong have strained relations between Britain and China. (The Times, Bloomberg)

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Talking point: Britain’s proposed alliance would likely force Canada to decide on the use of Huawei technology in the country—a decision from which the government has studiously shied away, despite countervailing pressure from the U.S. on one side and China on the other. A recent B.C. Supreme Court decision against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has drawn China’s diplomatic ire, with its foreign ministry saying Canada is in cahoots with the U.S. to bring down the company.