Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, during a press conference in Ottawa, May 12, 2022. SEAN KILPATRICK / AP Canada will exclude Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from the deployment of its 5G network in Canada, announced the government of Justin Trudeau, Thursday, May 19. The long-awaited move was pushed back by the Canadian government due to diplomatic tensions between Ottawa and Beijing, following the 2018 arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. The country joins the other members of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, which had already ruled against the Chinese group. . Read also: Article reserved for our Huawei subscribers, or how to survive US sanctions “Suppliers who have already installed this equipment will be forced to stop using it and withdraw it,” said Canadian Industry Minister François- Philip Champagne. For many years, the US government has worked hard with its allies, including Canada, to prevent Huawei from joining the 5G networks of these countries. Washington fears that Beijing is using the telecommunications company to engage in cyber espionage. The Pentagon had even been particularly offensive in announcing that the sharing of information that the “Five Eyes” alliance allows should be reconsidered if the allies equipped themselves with Huawei for their 5G network. Only Canada had not yet ruled. Showdown between Ottawa and Beijing In question, the already strong tensions that have shaken its relations with China since the arrest in Vancouver at the end of 2018 of Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the founder of Huawei, targeted by an American warrant. Washington accused the financial director of the Asian giant of having violated its embargo against Iran by lying to the HSBC bank about the relationship between Huawei and Sky Com, a subsidiary which sold telecommunications equipment in Tehran, since at least 2016. Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver, Canada. August 18, 2021. DON MACKINNON / AFP American justice also accused him of having, via two subsidiaries, stolen industrial secrets from the American telecoms group T-Mobile. Ottawa had therefore found itself in the middle of the technological and geostrategic war declared by the United States and China, with serious consequences both diplomatic and economic. The leader was released on September 25, 2021, after the justice system dropped its charges. Since then, relations never seem to have warmed up between Canada and China. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Huawei wants to bounce back in connected watches Le Monde with AFP
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