Rift with China Stalls Huawei’s Ambition for Canada, Says Security Experts

Huawei Technologies Co. is aspiring to become the top supplier of 5G technology in Canada. Everything seems going their way until an extradition case was ruled to proceed to the next stage by a BC Supreme Court judge. The case was against Meng Wanzhou, one of Huawei’s executives and the founder’s daughter.

After this, Huawei’s ambitions are put in jeopardy. Jonathan Berkshire Miller, an international security issues expert, said in an interview on Thursday that Canada tried to keep Huawei’s role in 5G technology separate from the legal setback the company suffered. But China’s recent moves, including blocking Canadian exports of canola and the arrests of a Canadian ex-diplomat and a Canadian entrepreneur is pushing Canada to think otherwise.

Although US officials deemed Huawei’s involvement in the 5G network technology is a threat to national security, Huawei continued to be a long-time supplier of necessary equipment for the federal government in Ottawa. Miller said that after this rift between China and Canada, there would be a significant pressure against Huawei from different national security communities and other allies of Canada.

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