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Munich — The US and China are sending top-level hawks to Europe for what’s shaping up as a showdown between the two powers at a key security conference as they vie for influence and technological dominance in one of the world’s richest markets. Politburo member Yang Jiechi will be the most senior Chinese official to attend Friday’s Munich Security Conference since it began in 1963. He will head the largest delegation to what is in essence an annual get together of the US-led transatlantic defence community. Yang, a former ambassador to the US, is known for delivering diatribes on the status of Taiwan and other issues sensitive to Beijing. He is expected to push back against a US campaign to exclude Chinese companies, in particular, Huawei Technologies, from the construction of Europe’s 5G mobile networks. Huawei has become a lightning rod for the broader tussle between China and the US for sway. The US has repeatedly cited concerns about the telecoms giant being a “Trojan Horse” for...

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