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Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada on the Canadian Government's Decision to Ban Huawei and ZTE Products
2022-05-20 11:57

On May 19, 2022, the Canadian Government announced to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications systems under the pretext of the so-called national security, and claimed that this decision was made after the assessment by independent security agencies and consultation with Canada's closest allies. The Chinese side expresses its grave concerns and strong dissatisfaction to this.

The Chinese government always requires Chinese enterprises operating overseas to strictly abide by international rules and local laws and regulations. Facts have proved that Huawei and ZTE have been maintaining a very good record on network security. Without any solid evidence, the Canadian side decided to exclude Huawei and ZTE from the Canadian market under the pretext of the so-called national security, which has flagrantly overstretched the concept of national security, blatantly violated market economy principles and free trade rules, and undermined the legitimate rights and interests of related Chinese enterprises. The Canadian side claimed it had consulted with its allies over the decision. To put it bluntly, the Canadian side is acting in collusion with the United States to suppress Chinese enterprises. Canada's so-called security concerns are nothing but a cover for political manipulation.     

I want to emphasize that the erroneous actions of the Canadian side will certainly harm Canada’s own interests and international image. China will evaluate this development in a comprehensive and serious manner and take all necessary measures to protect the legitimate and legal rights and interests of Chinese enterprises.

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