The CTVNews.ca team, with a CTV News report Annie Bergeron, Oliver
Posted on Friday, December 28, 2018 10:00 PM EST
US President Donald Trump may issue an executive order in the new year that will prevent US companies from using the equipment of Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE due to spying concerns, Reuters reported.
Such an order, for example, will take similar steps by countries such as Australia and New Zealand, which banned Chinese companies like Huawei from participating in the development of the next-generation 3G mobile networks. Other countries are carrying out similar actions.
Digital technology expert Ritsh Kutak told CTV News that he understands why countries are operating.
"Beijing at any time can ask these organizations to share information whether it is related to national security or national interests," he explained. "(F) If the technology itself is compromised at the hardware level, then all communication – anything that happens on the network – would actually be compromised and could be a subject of espionage or spyware."
Canada – which stopped Hwai, chief financial officer, Wong, on December 1, at the request of the US authorities for alleged violation of Iran's sanctions – is facing increasing pressure from its allies to do the same.
"We are right to be concerned," said O Higgins expert at CTV News. "If the government is motivated to do something, they will put bugs into the equipment … even if you have access to the source code and can spill it over many weeks or months, if something is carefully hidden, it is unlikely that someone will find it."
In an apparent response to Meng's arrest, two Canadians – the former diplomat Michael Kubrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor – were arrested in China in December. Third, Sarah McIver, was released recently after being arrested for visa problems.
Trade experts say the growing tensions between China and Canada have effectively cut off prospects for a trade deal between the two countries in the near future.
"Trying to sell any kind of trade deal to the Canadian population, I just do not see it happening," said Patrick LeBlond, who teaches public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa, CTV News. "So I think any commercial deal, if there ever is between Canada and China, is years away."
For his part, Huawei said in a statement that it "has been operating in Canada for ten years and has never been a problem."
"Huawei is fully committed to doing whatever is required by the Canadian government in our operations now and in the future," added the company.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, noted in the past that any decision on the Wavay ban from Canada's 5G networks will remain until national security experts.