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Trevor Noah briefly basks in China's praise for his show about 5G, Huawei, and 'maniac' Trump's dirty tricks

Last week, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah explained the benefits of 5G wireless networks, noted that China is way ahead of the U.S. in developing this lucrative and world-changing technology, laid out the stakes for the 5G race, and half-applauded President Trump's efforts to blacklist China's Huawei.

"If Huawei becomes the leading 5G provider in the world, then China can spy on everyone — which is terrible, because that's what America wants to do," Noah said. "Luckily — and I can't believe I'm saying this — America is lucky you have a maniac on your team who's willing to play dirty." Trump "could see America wasn't going to win," he added, "so he just got a crowbar and pulled a Tonya Harding on China's 5G."

For some reason, China liked the segment so much it aired part of it Monday on state TV, Noah said on Tuesday's show. He celebrated cracking the Chinese market ... until correspondent Roy Wood Jr. accused him of being a foreign propagandist and spy. Watch below. Peter Weber