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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal cabinet will soon rule on banning Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from Canada’s 5G mobile network, now that Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have returned home after nearly three years in Chinese prisons.
Mr Trudeau strongly suggested to reporters on Tuesday that Ottawa could unplug the Chinese tech company from Canada’s next-generation wireless infrastructure, noting that this country’s major telecommunications has already opted to buy equipment from Western suppliers. Chosen. Huawei’s 5G technology has been banned in other countries for fear that Beijing could use it for spying.
“We have actually seen that many Canadian telecommunications companies, if not all of them, have started removing Huawei from their networks and moving forward in ways that do not include them as a company, ” They said. “We will definitely make announcements in the coming weeks.”
The prime minister linked the impending decision to the release of two Michaels, who were freed on Friday after Washington and Beijing cut a deal that allowed Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, to be released as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. was allowed to return home.
Mr Trudeau indicated that Huawei’s decision would be part of a broader review of Canada-China relations, which were at their worst since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre following the arrest of the two Michaels in December 2018. He was accused of espionage. Clear Chinese retaliation for Canada for detaining Ms Meng over a United States extradition request. the Americans accused him of Bank and wire fraud case related to violation of US sanctions against Iran.
“Certainly it is great news that Michaels is back in Canada,” Trudeau said. “As we develop our plan to govern, as we draw together on our position, it [case of the Michaels] And we look forward to sharing decisions on a number of different issues, including telecommunications and Huawei.
In a sign that Ottawa is taking a tougher stance on China, the federal government ordered a Chinese state-owned telecommunications company in August to cease operations in Canada over national security concerns. China Mobile was asked to either wind up its subsidiary China Mobile International Canada (CMI Canada) or to withdraw itself from the business. The order came to light after telcos challenged it in court on September 7.
In July, the government unveiled revised guidelines setting out new areas of concern for Ottawa as it examines foreign acquisitions and investments in key sectors of the economy, as well as the funding of high-end research. Is. The move was in response to concerns raised by Canada’s Security Intelligence Service about the loss of intellectual property and sensitive technology to foreign countries such as China.
Following Michaels’ arrest in late 2018, the federal government shrugged off questions about whether it would follow up with key allies and imposed sanctions on Huawei, saying it was still conducting a cybersecurity review of 5G.
Officials from Canada’s major telecommunications companies have previously told The Granthshala that they expect Ottawa to ban Huawei. BCE Inc., Telus Corp. and Rogers Communications Inc. has chosen Use Finland’s Nokia, Sweden’s Ericsson or South Korea’s Samsung’s 5G Gear instead.
NS canadian Telecom officials said they believe Ottawa will give them two to three years to phase out their current Huawei phone gear, as it is unlikely the government will rebuke them and replace it immediately with the billions needed. dollars will be reimbursed.
The Granthshala has reported that Ottawa will recommend testing for security flaws on devices from all 5G suppliers, even if Huawei is banned.
Currently, Huawei equipment is tested for cyber security vulnerabilities in independent laboratories in Canada. Canadian wireless networks have incorporated Huawei technology for more than a decade, but Ottawa has restricted it to the core of the network.
Canada is the only member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance – which also includes Australia, Britain, the US and New Zealand – that has not yet banned or banned the use of Huawei 5G mobile gear. Other countries that have built 5G networks without Huawei’s involvement include Japan and Taiwan. India is also reportedly shutting down Huawei equipment amid a border dispute with China.
Three former directors of US national-security agencies as well as Canadian spy agencies have said Huawei cannot be trusted and should be barred from allowing Canada to supply the infrastructure for the country’s 5G networks. The Granthshala reports that CSIS and the Canadian military have recommended that Ottawa stop Huawei from selling its 5G equipment to domestic firms.
Beijing considers Huawei its high-tech jewel, and has showered it with money, allowing the company to compete globally in a way that makes it difficult for companies in democracies to compete.
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