Then in December of the same year
, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrestato in Canada on a US warrant
, creating a long-running dispute with China that finally ended last September with Meng’s release
After Meng’s arrest
, two Canadians were arrested by Beijing and accused of espionage
. The two men were rilasciato the same day as Meng
Now diplomatic tensions between China and Canada have eased somewhat. Di mercoledì, China removed a three-year restriction on imports of Canadian canola seed, reversing what was considered a retaliatory move for Meng’s arrest.
Thursday’s decision comes after telecom companies in Canada already opted to use other companies’ 5G hardware. ZTE did not immediately responded to requests for comment.
Alykhan Velshi, vice president of corporate affairs for Huawei in Canada, said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp that the company is still waiting to hear “what sort of national security threats they think Huawei poses.”
Velshi said that Huawei still has 1,500 employees in Canada, mostly in research and development, and sold products like mobile phones, and would continue to do so.
Nel 2020, Bell Canada and rival Telus Corp — two of the biggest wireless providers — teamed up with Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia Oyj to build fifth-generation (5G) telecoms networks, ditching Huawei for the project despite using Huawei 4G gear.
In addition to the ban, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said Canada would draft new legislation to protect critical financial, telecommunications, energy and transport infrastructure from cyber threats.