The documentary which will be presented this evening by J.E on China is ruthless: Canadian leaders have known for years that several Chinese companies established in Canada pose a serious threat to the country’s security. And yet, not only are our leaders doing nothing, but they are also promoting the expansion of these Chinese companies in Canada.
Extreme naivety? Filthy incompetence? Lure of profits ? Treason ? Choose your explanation. What is certain is that the problem posed by the Huawei company illustrates very well the dangers that China poses to Canada.
Huawei is a company that has managed to prosper, among other things because it very likely stole technology from the Canadian company Nortel. Nortel who had the naivety to believe that Huawei was playing fair.
The Chinese government claims to whoever wants to hear it that it does not control the Huawei company. It’s true. But the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has brought Huawei under its control.
This control of the CCP is carried out by members of the Party who are placed in key positions in the company. Not only within the board of directors, but also at all levels of management. The CCP similarly controls all Chinese organizations, public or private, that are of the least importance.
And Party members can engage in espionage activities if the CCP asks them to. Worse, Chinese laws force all Chinese citizens to spy for China if the government asks them to.
Under these conditions, non-Chinese companies doing business with Huawei do so at their own risk.
All of this information is well known to those interested in Chinese politics.
But then, if this information is known, why is the government of Justin Trudeau still hesitant to sever relations between Canada and Huawei?
The answer could lie in contacts between certain senior political leaders, both Liberal and Conservative, and prestigious Canadian companies which have invested heavily in China. But these people forget that the interests of Canada go beyond the individual interests of these companies.
No hope of change
Until recently, it was still possible to hope that the Chinese government would change its attitude. But Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power has shattered any hope for change in the short or medium term.
On the other hand, the more Canada tightens its ties with China, the more Beijing will be able to bend Ottawa in all kinds of areas.
Restricting relations with China as much as possible and therefore preventing Huawei from taking the 5G market in Canada will hurt. But less bad than the measures that China will impose on Canada in a few years, if our relations deepen and China’s grip grows.
It is high time to kick Huawei and other Chinese companies out of Canada. In fact, it is scandalous that the Trudeau government’s decision on Huawei is lagging behind for so long.
J.E looks back this evening on Huawei’s arrival in Canada and the influence of this Chinese giant.