Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau postponed a decision on whether to use Huawei Technologies Co Ltd 5G network equipment until after the October federal election. He has not commented on the issue since winning the Oct. 21 vote.
US national security adviser on Saturday urged Canada not to use Huawei technology 5G, saying that it would put in danger the intelligence sharing with the United States and expose Canadians to the profiled by the Chinese government.
Justin Trudeau Canadian Prime Minister postponed a decision on whether to use the Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. 5G network equipment until after the federal election of October. He did not comment on the issue since winning 21 Oct voice.
Sharing intelligence “would be affected if a close ally we let the Trojan horse into the city,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told reporters at a security conference in Halifax.
“When they (China) get Huawei to Canada or to other Western countries, they will know each health record, every banknote, every social media post, they will know everything about every single Canadian,” he said.
Huawei 5G questions whether the equipment can contain a back door that allows access to Chinese spies divide Canada and its partners in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network.
United States, Australia, and New Zealand have a ban in place, while the UK is taking a firmer line, demonstrating Huawei 5G product can be used in less sensitive areas.
“We will take our time so that we can precisely examine all the potential threats,” Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, who is also in Halifax, said.
“We have been very conscious in protecting the 4G technology today and the decisions we make about 5G will ensure that this system is as strong as our current systems, if not stronger,” he said.
Canada has been caught in the midst of the US-China dispute over Canadian police catch Huawei since the financial director of Huawei in the US warrant in December, a move condemned by China.
Beijing then picked up two Canadians in China, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, and charged them with spying. They are still being held.
The detention of two persons as “leverage … should not be allowed to stand,” said O’Brien.
U.S. Senator Angus King, who also spoke in Halifax, echoed O’Brien’s concerns.
“It would make it very difficult to have full intelligence-sharing information with a partner who has installed a direct line to Beijing,” King said.
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