5G is at the heart of China's ambition to bring technology to the globe, said Anthony Glees, director of the Center for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham. He said China has the ability to "arm" technologies like 5G.
"They are trying to maximize the opportunities they have to expand their influence in the world and strengthen their global position and power," he said in a telephone interview on Thursday.
The US has come up with an aggressive campaign reacts to block Huawei within its own borders and use traditional allies against it. In Australia, Huawei's 5G device was banned, Japan did indeed, and countries in Europe are investigating possible security threats.
Regardless, China has a strong start in the 5G race.
China "got off the mark," said Bill Lawrence, a lawyer focused on wireless telecommunications at US firm Burr & Forman.
"At the end of the day, the US is trying to outdo China's leadership," he said.