CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Despite recent softer language from President Donald Trump in his fight with tech giant Huawei, officials guiding America’s 5G strategy lay out a simple reason the conflict isn’t going away: The U.S. is trying to safeguard the world from Chinese spies. The officials see the firm’s dominance on 5G and its close relationship with the Chinese government as a dire threat to America and its allies. And the risk of Beijing spying through critical internet infrastructure built by Huawei is just too great to tolerate, said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai’s warning, echoed by others in interviews in the latest episode of POLITICO’s Global Translations podcast, comes as America’s allies and industry around the world are struggling to make sense of the Trump administration’s latest mixed signals on Huawei — and wondering how seriously to take Washington’s demands to block the company’s efforts to participate in the internet infrastructure of western democracies.”

Luiza Ch. Savage and Nancy Scola, “‘Why are we doing President Trump’s dirty work?’: The Huawei fight, explained,” Politico, July 11, 2019 5:00 am