April 18, 2019

U.S. wants Western tech to be used instead of Huawei kit

04 February 2019, 12:07 | Hattie Nash

U.S. wants Western tech to be used instead of Huawei kit

The tougher stance reflects growing security concerns in the West about Huawei

Huawei says the concern is unfounded. The same day, President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping meet in Argentina and announce a cease-fire in the U.S.

Canada is pushing for more consular access to both men and has demanded their immediate release.

The government also visited with Spavor for the third time since he was arrested in China on charges of "endangering Chinese national security".

December 21: Canada makes a formal demand for the release of Kovrig and Spavor.

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Several countries and global alliances have rallied behind the detainees, calling for China to release them.

Another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, received a death sentence for a previous drug smuggling conviction, a harsher penalty than the 15 years of imprisonment he'd already been given.

Huawei has operated in Australia for a decade and a half.

China is Canada's third-largest trading partner, followed by the US and European Union. Wanzhou has been in Canada's custody since last December and the US has sought her extradition, further angering Beijing.

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In a move certain to inflame the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China, Justice Department officials announced criminal charges against Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei, several of its affiliates, and its chief financial officer for alleged theft of trade secrets from us telecommunications providers, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, and other violations. Federal officials continue to advocate action to impede or outright block the use of foreign-made equipment in critical telecommunications networks, particularly those forming the backbone of next-generation 5G wireless technologies.

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The arrest of the Chinese telecom giant's executive - and her potential extradition to the face charges of fraud and conspiracy - have angered China, which says she's done nothing wrong. Meng is charged with misleading American banks about Huawei's business with Iran.

Responding to Sondland's comments, a spokesman for Huawei said it had a proven reputation on cyber security and does not buy all of its materials from China.

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