The arrest of Huawei's finance manager is the recent debate on the technology giant accused of spying for the Chinese government.
Inin We don't know to what extent it will be taken into account as a weapon-sized business and to what extent it can be a branch of the Chinese government, bir said David Skillicorn, a professor at the Computer School at the University of Queen's University.
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Ltd. was pushed into the spotlight With the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, finance director and vice chairman of the board. According to the US Department of Justice, Meng was arrested on Saturday in Vancouver and US. Searching for a refund.
The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that Meng was arrested on suspicion of violating trade sanctions against Iran. There's a bail hearing in Canada on Friday.
For years, Huawei has been a source of concern for Western security officials, particularly the United States, who tried to convince other countries not to buy equipment from a China-based company.
Huawei denied allegations of espionage for China and said it was a market-oriented business to compete internationally.
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Some Canadian security experts have warned Canada to do business with Huawei, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. Ward Elcock, a former CSIS director and deputy defense minister, As It Happens Carol Closed Hosted In March, he believes the company is "essentially under the control of the Chinese government".
”It's hard for me to believe that a company like Huawei cannot make the tender for the Chinese government and will not build traps and bring back gates to technology in favor of the Chinese government,“ he said.
Earlier this year, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Mark Warner wrote that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that doing business with Huawei would open up major security risks to Canada.
Some companies and governments have pointed out these warnings. Last month, New Zealand prevented a mobile phone company from using Huawei equipment and said it was "an important network security risk." In August, Huawei was banned from working on Australia's fifth-generation (5G) network.
On Wednesday, the British telephone company BT said that the existing 3G and 4G mobile network networks have removed Huawei equipment from its core and would not use their devices for the planned 5G mobile network.
Canada has so far opposed these concerns, but the government has said it is conducting a national security review to determine if Canada should join other Five Eyes partners banning Huawei in some projects. Globe and Mail reported. Five Eyes refers to an intelligence sharing arrangement between Canada, the United States, England, Australia and New Zealand.
Huawei equipment is used in telecommunications infrastructure It is operated by the main mobile phone carriers of the country. The company has established partnerships with Canadian universities. BCE and Telus collaborate with Huawei to open 5G networks
The private Chinese company, which has 180,000 employees, is the largest global network supplier used by telephony and internet companies with US $ 90 billion in revenue and $ 7 billion in net profit, according to its annual report.
In the last quarter alone, it became the number two supplier of smartphones worldwide, Dave Bolan, a senior telecom analyst at Dell's California Group, Inc., California.
The company says it sold 46 of its equipment in the world's top 50 carriers. According to the website, its products are used in more than 170 countries and regions that serve more than a third of the world's population. They are particularly strong in some parts of Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
"They are growing astronomically," Bolan said. "Ten years ago, 15 years ago, we [had] I've never heard of Huawei. "
He said Huawei is proactive in pricing, making companies and governments more difficult to "implement the agreement".
Zor They underestimate their rivals and make it harder for governments to explain to voters why they don't look like this magnificent deal, "he said.
One of the security concerns, Skillicorn, said the company is a major manufacturer of network keys.
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A part of Huawei's insecurity stems from the perceived ties between the company's top executives and the Chinese government, as well as cyber security and technology expert James Lewis in the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Huawei's president Ren Zhengfei is a former military engineer for the People's Liberation Army of China. Lewis, former president Sun Yafang, has been working for the Ministry of State Security, which has close links to Chinese intelligence services, Lewis said.
Huawei denied all accusations that he was used as a front for Chinese espionage.
Ken Hu, one of the three directors of Huawei. in an interview At the beginning of the year, the Wall Street Journal said the company was not a security threat.
"Global business is evidence of the fact that Huawei is not a tool for the surveillance agency of any government or other country." Said.