- As Canada considers excluding telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G mobile network rollout.
- A senior Chinese diplomat urged Ottawa to disregard national security risks “invented” by the US on Tuesday.
The notion that the company is a threat to national security was “invented by the US,” and “the omportant aim of that is to crack down on Huawei,” according to Cong Peiwu, China’s ambassador to Canada.
The US has barred Huawei from developing 5G technology on its soil, citing the risk of spying or sabotage against western networks, which the Chinese telecoms giant denies. Meanwhile, the Canadian government has been studying the issue for years and, according to local media, may make a decision soon.
While a virtual conference hosted by the Center for International Governance Innovation, an independent think tank, the Chinese ambassador claimed that the United States had engaged in such espionage “over the past decades.”
“We do hope that the Canadian side makes their own judgement and does not listen to the opinion of the US,” he said, adding that failing to do so would be “sending out a very wrong signal to the Chinese companies.”
Other Canadian allies, such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and Sweden, have already followed in the footsteps of the United States. Without waiting for a decision from Ottawa, several large Canadian telecoms companies, including Bell, Rogers, and Telus, have already announced that they are abandoning Huawei in favour of other partners, specifically Nokia of Finland or Ericsson of Sweden, for the deployment of their 5G networks.
Source: Brecorder News
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