On Saturday, the U.S. national security adviser again urged Canada not to use Huawei’s 5G technology, saying that cooperation between Canada and Huawei would undermine intelligence sharing between the U.S. and Canada, Reuters reported. Robert O’Brien, the White House national security aide, made the advice to Canada at a security conference in Halifax, Canada, on November 23.
“If our close allies let the Trojan horse (Huawei) enter the market, intelligence sharing between the US and Canada will be affected,” says Robert O’Brien.
Robert O’Brien explains, “When they (Chinese) let Huawei into Canada or other Western countries, they knew everyone’s health records, bank records, and even everyone’s social media posts.” They’ll know everything about every Canadian.”
U.S. Senator Angus King made similar remarks at the meeting. He pointed out that Huawei is controlled by the Chinese government, and that comprehensive intelligence sharing between the US and Canada would be difficult if Canada adopted Huawei’s 5G technology.
Whether Canada will ban Huawei from the country’s 5G market, as a member of the Five Eyes Alliance (the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia), remains to be seen. It is no secret that the US authorities have spared no effort to persuade or threaten countries to boycott Huawei’s 5G technology, Australia and New Zealand have imposed bans, and the BRITISH attitude, while not so tough, has not yet completely let go.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has not commented since his victory, has postponed a decision on whether to use Huawei’s 5G network technology until after the October 21 federal election, the report said.
But Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s defence minister, explained that “we need time to properly examine all potential threats”. He added, “We are very careful to protect our current 4G technology.” The decisions we make on 5G issues will make sure they have a system as robust as we are today.”