Xu Hongbo

Assistant research fellow, National Institute for South China Sea Studies

Xu Hongbo is an assistant research fellow at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, China. He obtained his master degree in Asian Studies from George Washington University, US. His main research interests are in the areas of Sino-US relations, Chinese Foreign Policy and Asian Security.

A smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture, 29 January 2020. (Dado Ruvic/REUTERS)

Block Huawei's 5G? India could end up shooting itself in the foot instead

Senior military officers from India and China held the latest high-level talks to discuss border tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on 14 July. The talk which lasted for 15 hours took place at Chushul on the Indian side of the LAC, and contents of the discussion are yet to be made public. Although India and China have had their border disagreements, they are partners economically. Recently, the Indian government has banned 59 Chinese apps on grounds of national security, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deleted his Weibo account. India has also threatened to block Huawei's 5G system. What are the likely consequences? China academic Xu Hongbo examines the issue.