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US signs 5G security deal with Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Kosovo

North Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria joined the US agreement aimed at stemming Chinese influence in 5G infrastructure. The US and EU also launched bilateral talks to discuss China issues.

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