US law­mak­ers urge Canada to snub China’s Huawei in tele­coms

The Sunday Guardian - - Business - REUTERS

WASH­ING­TON: Two lead­ing US law­mak­ers, both sharp crit­ics of China, urged Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau on Fri­day to con­sider drop­ping China’s Huawei Tech­nolo­gies from help­ing to build next-gen­er­a­tion 5G telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works.

Sen­a­tors Mark Warner, a Vir­ginia Demo­crat, and Marco Ru­bio, a Flor­ida Repub­li­can, said they had “grave con­cerns” about the prospects of Huawei equip­ment in Canada’s 5G net­works on the grounds that it would pose dan­gers for US net­works.

“While Canada has strong telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions se­cu­rity safe­guards in place, we have se­ri­ous con­cerns that such safe­guards are in­ad­e­quate given what the United States and other al­lies know about Huawei,” the law­mak­ers wrote in the let­ter to Trudeau. Warner and Ru­bio are on the Sen­ate Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence.

A spokesper­son for Huawei did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to an email re­quest for com­ment.

Huawei’s chips and equip­ment have faced scep­ti­cism in a num­ber of de­vel­oped coun­tries, with Aus­tralia say­ing in Au­gust that it would ban Huawei tech­nol­ogy from its 5G net­work. Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work gear, crit­i­cized the Aus­tralian ban as “po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.”

The com­pany has re­peat­edly de­nied en­gag­ing in in­tel­li­gence work for any govern­ment.

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