Huawei and ZTE are now banned in Canada over cybersecurity concerns

What you need to know

  • Canada has announced it is banning Huawei over 5G technologies.
  • Huawei has been deemed a “high-risk” vendor.
  • ZTE is also included in this trade ban over the same concerns.

It’s been just about three years since Huawei was officially blacklisted by the US government over concerns about the company’s network equipment. This comes following ongoing trade tension between the US and China, and now it seems that Canada is finally deciding to join the party.

In a report from Bloomberg, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is nearing a final decision that would see our friends to the north also placing a trade ban on Huawei. The fallout would be similar to what Huawei and its users faced back in 2019, albeit without as large of a reaction.

The report continues to state that Canada has “delayed the decision,” in an effort to avoid provoking or “stoking tensions” between Canada and China. Relations between these two countries have continued to deteriorate in recent years, as evidenced by the arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer back in 2018. In return, China responded by imprisoning former diplomat Michael Spavor and entrepreneur Michael Kovrig.

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Shortly after the report was published, Marco Mendicino, Canadian Minister of Public Safety, and François-Philippe Champagne Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada held a press conference confirming the decision. But these officials have also confirmed that ZTE is being included in the trade ban over the same cybersecurity concerns.

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