Chinese state TV airs ‘Daily Show’ clip of Trevor Noah joking US banned Huawei because it is behind in tech


China’s state television network reportedly aired a clip from Trevor Noah’s “The Daily Show” in which the host joked that the United States banned Huawei products because Beijing is so far ahead of Washington when it comes to 5G technology.

CCTV aired the segment Monday during its national lunchtime news, according to The Associated Press.

In the clip from the show’s regular “If You Don’t Know, Now You Know” segment, Noah jokingly says, “while America is developing its own 5G, China’s 5G is so far ahead. They’re basically going to set the trends. So, this is a race many people are already saying America has lost.”

{mosads}The original clip aired last Wednesday. CCTV reportedly aired a short snippet of the more than 7-minute segment, in which Noah detailed the advancement of 5G technology.

A Chinese CCTV host introducing the clip by saying, “recently, famous American talk show host Trevor Noah expressed his views on America’s relentless suppression of Huawei,” the AP notes.

Huawei has been at the center of controversy and caused increased tensions between the U.S. and China. 

The Trump administration decided to delay the blacklisting of products from the Chinese telecommunications giant by 90 days.

At that time, U.S. companies would be banned from working with Huawei due to national security concerns.

Huawei has long been a subject of increased scrutiny over its close ties to the Chinese government and the sheer size of its business and looming dominance in the 5G sector.

Following the clip of Noah, CCTV aired an interview with Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, who said the company is prepared for a “long-term battle” with the U.S., according to the AP.

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