US senators reportedly warn Trudeau to ban Huawei on 5G

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    US senators reportedly warn Trudeau to ban Huawei on 5G
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reportedly been warned by two US senators to exclude Huawei from taking part in nationwide 5G mobile network deployments.
    By Corinne Reichert | October 16, 2018 -- 03:24 GMT (20:24 PDT)
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/us-senators-reportedly-warn-trudeau-to-ban-huawei-on-5g/

    "United States Senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner have reportedly told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban Huawei from taking part in deploying the nation's 5G mobile networks.

    According to a report by Reuters, Rubio and Warner cited "grave concerns" about using 5G equipment from the Chinese technology giant due to potential danger to US networks.

    "While Canada has strong telecommunications security safeguards in place, we have serious concerns that such safeguards are inadequate given what the United States and other allies know about Huawei," Rubio and Warner said in a letter to Trudeau.

    Huawei declined to comment.

    However, it last month denied similar reports that the Indian government had excluded it from taking part in joint 5G trials, saying it is currently proposing a set of solutions to support the government's requirements for a nationwide 5G rollout.

    "Huawei is an active participant in India's growing 5G ecosystem," Huawei told ZDNet.

    "Our collaboration with relevant departments and operators continues to proceed as normal. The government of India remains open and welcoming towards Huawei, and has been a fantastic source of support."

    The Chinese technology giant added that its joint 5G tests with operators in India are "also moving forward according to plan".

    Huawei's comments followed a report from ET Telecom saying India's Department of Telecommunications has given the nod to Ericsson -- which launched a 5G innovation lab in India in July -- as well as Nokia, Samsung, and Cisco to work with the government in trialling 5G use cases across India, with Huawei and ZTE excluded from this list.

    Huawei and ZTE were banned by the Australian government from playing a role in any 5G rollouts in August due to national security issues stemming from concerns of foreign government interference in critical communications infrastructure.

    Huawei at the time slammed the Australian government's decision, saying it as not based in fact or a result of a transparent process, but rather motivated by political instability thanks to infighting in the Liberal party.

    "The Australian government's decision to block Huawei from Australia's 5G market is politically motivated, not the result of a fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process. It is not aligned with the long-term interests of the Australian people, and denies Australian businesses and consumers the right to choose from the best communications technology available," Huawei HQ said.

    US President Donald Trump's administration has been cracking down on Chinese involvement in the American tech sphere, including with draft legislation barring the sale of national security-sensitive technology to China and blocking government or contractors from buying telecommunications equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE.

    Huawei in July told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the US should not miss out on its market-leading technology, also pointing out that its exclusion would drive up consumer costs for mobile services.

    The heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA, and the director of national intelligence to the Senate Intelligence Committee had also recommended in February that Americans not use products from Huawei and ZTE, while the FCC was also advised by the Executive Branch to deny China Mobile entry to the US telecommunications industry, citing "substantial and unacceptable risk to US law enforcement and foreign intelligence collection".

    Last month, South Korea's largest carrier also announced that its 5G vendors would be Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung, with Huawei left off its list."

    U.S. lawmakers warn Canada to keep Huawei out of its 5G plans
    Taylor Hatmaker@tayhatmaker / 3 days ago
    https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/12/huawei-5g-canada-warner-rubio-trudeau/

    "...Next generation 5G networks already pose a number of unique security challenges. Lawmakers caution that by allowing companies linked to the Chinese government to build 5G infrastructure, the U.S. and its close allies (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.) would be inviting the fox to guard the henhouse.

    As part of the Defense Authorization Act, passed in August, the U.S. government signed off on a law that forbids domestic agencies from using services or hardware made by Huawei and ZTE. A week later, Australia moved to block Huawei and ZTE from its own 5G buildout.

    ...Due to the open nature of intelligence sharing between the U.S. and its closest allies, the Canadian government would be able to obtain knowledge of any specific threats that substantiate the U.S. posture toward the Chinese company. “We urge your government to seek additional information from the U.S. intelligence community,” the letter implores...."
     
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    It looks like Canada has already strictly limited Huawei's business activities and access:

    "...Huawei is not allowed to bid on federal government contracts and is not permitted to provide equipment, such as routers and switches, for the core network of Canada’s telecoms – nor are Huawei technicians allowed to manage the servicing of its equipment from offshore."

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/pol...wei-in-light-of-canadas-robust-cybersecurity/

    This is the main concern:

    "...Washington has been cranking up the pressure on Canada, Britain and New Zealand – three of its partners in the Five Eyes security intelligence-sharing alliance – to join the United States and Australia in banning Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE from participating in supplying equipment for the Canadian 5G network.

    Under Chinese law, companies must “support, co-operate with and collaborate in national intelligence work” as requested by Beijing, and security experts in the United States and Canada warn that equipment produced by firms such as Huawei could be compromised on behalf of China’s ruling party."
     
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    India Selects Cisco, Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson for 5G trials; Bars Huawei and ZTE
    Posted on September 14, 2018 by Alan Weissberger
    http://techblog.comsoc.org/2018/09/...a-ericsson-for-5g-trials-bars-huawei-and-zte/

    "India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has excluded Huawei and ZTE from its list of companies asked to partner for trials to develop 5G use cases for India. New Delhi may well follow the US and Australia in limiting involvement of Chinese telecom equipment makers in the roll-out of the next-gen technology.

    “We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia, and telecom service providers to partner with us to start 5G technology-based trials, and have got positive response from them,” telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan told ETTelecom.

    “We have excluded Huawei from these trials,” she said, when asked if Huawei has been eliminated from the trials for security reasons. The government is planning to show case India-specific 5G use cases by early 2019.

    People familiar with the matter said besides Huawei, the government has also excluded ZTE for the 5G trials.

    India’s move comes shortly after both the US and Australia moved to act against Huawei and ZTE amid concerns about possible cyber snooping by China. Last month, Australia barred both Huawei and ZTE from its 5G network roll-outs. Before that, the US had barred government use of equipment from the two Chinese gear makers, in what is perceived as wider efforts to keep the companies away from 5G roll-outs in the country. The UK has also found “shortcomings” in Huawei’s engineering processes, which the company said it was trying to address.

    “This appears more a move to restrict government ties with Chinese equipment makers given the sensitive nature of security issues, especially after what happened in some other countries,” said an industry executive who asked not to be named..."
     
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    Huawei CFO arrested in Canada at request of the US
    Fox Business
    Published on Dec 6, 2018
    Attorney Jenna Ellis on the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and its potential impact of U.S. trade negotiations with China.
     
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    Way to go TRUDOPE. Stay out of orange messiah's business.
     
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    Who has taken action against telecom giant Huawei and why Canada hasn’t
    CANADA, December 6, 2018 2:26 pm
    Updated: December 6, 2018 5:00 pm
    By Rebecca Joseph and Andrew Russell Global News
    https://globalnews.ca/news/4736209/whos-taken-action-against-huawei-and-why-hasnt-canada/

    "Chinese telecom giant, Huawei technologies has been thrust into the international spotlight, after it was revealed the company’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday.

    Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, is facing possible extradition to the United States. While details of her case are sparse, reports say she is suspected of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

    The company has been facing growing concerns from Western countries, with governments banning Huawei technology over national security concerns:

    The telecom giant sells cellphones, but also sells equipment that could build the infrastructure behind the fifth-generation mobile network.

    “They do far more than phones,” - national security expert and Carleton University professor Stephanie Carvin said. “Bell systems, Rogers… they use Huawei technology to actually build the backbone of our telephone and internet network here in Canada.


    In April, Rogers announced an agreement with European company Ericsson to build its 5G network.

    “We announced a national infrastructure agreement with Ericsson and we are partnering with them to build our network,” said spokesperson Michelle Kelly in a statement.

    Former CSIS director Ward Elcock told Global News that having the Chinese company be so critical to telecom infrastructure should be a concern for Canadian officials.

    All Chinese companies at the end of the day, and probably to a great degree, are susceptible to being pressured to do things for the People’s Republic of China,” Elcock said. “Chinese technology, in a lot of places in the world, could be used as a mechanism for intelligence gathering.”

    Huawei has denied any improper links to the Chinese government or that it is collecting data on their behalf.

    While Canada hasn’t specifically banned private companies from using Huawei technologies, others around the world have. Here is who’s done what and where.

    Britain: Last week, British phone carrier BT said it was removing Huawei tech from mobile phone networks, but it continued to use it as a supplier of other equipment. The government has not interceded, saying it has procedures to test for malicious equipment.

    New Zealand: In November, the government of the Pacific nation blocked a mobile phone company from using Huawei technology.

    Australia: In August, Australia banned the company, along with ZTE, another Chinese firm, from working on its 5G network. China retaliated and blocked the website of Australia’s public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

    United States: The U.S. government has taken a series of steps to block the firm from U.S. markets, including banning government purchases of Huawei gear and denying government help to any carrier that uses Huawei equipment. Top carriers Verizon Communications and AT&T pulled out of deals to distribute Huawei smartphones earlier this year.

    What has Canada done?
    Canada is currently reviewing Huawei technology. At a briefing about cyber threats, Scott Jones, director of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, refused to comment on Meng’s arrest, but said Canadian cyber-authorities are ready in case of any retaliation from China that could target the country’s communications infrastructure.

    “We always have to be resilient, no matter what the possible trigger could be,” Jones said. “We are working very closely with the broader security community.”

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he knew in advance of the pending arrest in Canada, but that there was no political involvement in the decision to detain Meng.

    “The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case,” Trudeau told reporters. “We were advised by them with a few days notice that this was in the works, but of course there was no engagement or involvement at the political level in this decision because we respect the independence of our judicial processes.”

    Elcock says officials at the Government Communications Headquarters and Communications Security Establishment currently have a system in place to review devices and technology for any vulnerabilities.

    “We are doing something not entirely dissimilar from Britain, in that the British have also established a centre for reviewing equipment as a mitigation measure to make sure it can’t be trapped or back doored — [that] it can’t be used for intelligence gathering,” he said.

    A back door is where the creator or manufacturer leaves a way for themselves to access a device’s data without going through the proper channels.

    U.S. lawmakers have urged Canada to ban Huawei technology from private firms. But the company has become increasingly entwined with telecom network development in Canada as a key supplier of parts to Bell, Telus and Rogers.

    It’s currently a major sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada.

    The charges against Meng aren’t known yet, but reports say he was arrested in connection with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. It’s not certain if the security concerns from her company will be a factor in the charges.

    Possible retaliation?
    China has called for Canada to release Meng, saying she broke no U.S. or Canadian laws.

    The telecommunications giant is a “national champion for China,” Carvin said, saying she was worried about possible retaliation from China. “This is one of the brands that flies the Chinese flag high.”

    “It puts Canada in a very difficult position between the United States and China. I suspect the Chinese are going to be very upset about this,” Elcock agreed.

    “The Chinese are likely to play tit-for-tat on this one and we should be ready for it,” Fen Hampson, director of the global security program at the Centre for Governance Innovation, told The Canadian Press.

    Trudeau, meanwhile, said the arrest was made without political bias.

    “I can assure everyone that we are a country of an independent judiciary and the appropriate authorities took the decisions without any political involvement and interference,” he said.

    Jones said Canada has to be prepared for retaliation at all times, not just because of this incident.

    “One of the key things is we always have to be resilient no matter what the trigger might be,” Jones said on Thursday.

    Experts say possible retaliation could come in many forms, including arresting Canadian citizens in China, or attacking Canadian goods in trade policies.

    “If I was a canola farmer, I would be very nervous because China has in the past used certain agricultural products as weapons in its trade policies,” Carvin said, adding that Nova Scotia lobsters are also a major import."

    That /this site / pages have a number of interesting video / audio links and coverage on the subject I recommend checking them out directly on the site.

    Conservatives urge Liberals to ban Huawei after arrest of its CFO

    The Conservatives urged the Liberals to ban Huawei Technologies from Canada following the arrest of its CFO, but the Liberals said it would rely on government intelligence agencies for direction.
    https://globalnews.ca/video/4736885...iberals-to-ban-huawei-after-arrest-of-its-cfo
     
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    China's state-run media lash out at Canada over Huawei executive arrest
    CNBC International TV
    Published on Dec 10, 2018
    CNBC's Eunice Yoon has the latest on this story.


    The cost of banning Huawei technology
    CBC News
    Published on Dec 9, 2018
    Some security experts have warned Canada about doing business with Huawei, or working with it on 5G technology. The company has been accused of having ties to Chinese espionage activities. To read more: https://www.cbc.ca/1.4934905
    Huawei arrest prompts B.C. to cancel trade mission to China
    CTV News
    Published on Dec 9, 2018
    Former CSIS director Dick Fadden and former foreign affairs minister John Manley discuss the arrest of Huawei's CFO in Vancouver.
    Huawei probed for security, espionage risk
    CBS News
    Published on Oct 7, 2012
    Chinese telecom giant's pursuit of building the next generation of digital networks in the U.S. prompts outcry in Washington. Steve Kroft reports.
    Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security
    Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications
    Companies Huawei and ZTE
    U.S. House of Representatives 112th Congress October 8, 2012

    https://intelligence.house.gov/site...s/huawei-zte investigative report (final).pdf
     
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    Huawei's CFO to be freed on $10M bail as she awaits extradition proceedings
    CBC News: The National
    Published on Dec 11, 2018
    Huawei's chief financial officer will be released on $10 million bail, with five guarantors, as she awaits possible extradition to the United States on fraud charges, a B.C. Supreme Court justice has ruled.
     
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    Huawei was stealing trade secrets in 2007: Motorola Solutions CEO
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    Published on Dec 11, 2018
    Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown on China, the outlook for the company and the state of the economy.
     
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    Two Canadians suspected of jeopardizing national security arrested in China
    CGTN
    Published on Dec 13, 2018
    China has confirmed two Canadian citizens are being detained. They are suspected of jeopardizing China's national security. The authorities said the investigations are not related to the release on bail of Huawei CFO. CGTN's Hendrik Sybrandy has more from Vancouver.
     

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