Australian government officials advised India to ban Chinese technology maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying parts for a rollout of a high-speed telecommunications network, Australian newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Officials from anti-cyber espionage body the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) were asked about an Australian ban on using the Chinese technology giant to build 5G networks when a delegation visited New Delhi last week, The Australian Financial Review and The Australian reported.

The delegation last week, led by Australian ambassador for cyber-affairs Tobias Feakin, “explained in detail why high-risk vendors had been banned from Australia’s 5G network.” Australia in 2018 became the first country to ban Huawei from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network, citing national security risks.

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