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Ambassador Cong Peiwu published a signed article on Hill Times
2020/01/17

On January 15, 2020, Hill Times published a signed article by Chinese Ambassador Cong Peiwu titled "Leave politics out of decision about Huawei's 5G future in Canada". Here is the full text:

For some time, I have noticed that Huawei's 5G has been a hot topic of discussion in Canadian media recently. There are different opinions across Canada about whether Huawei should be allowed to participate in Canada's 5G network construction or not. In my opinion, 5G development, utilization, and co-operation should not be politicized.

Huawei is a private Chinese enterprise. As the world's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Huawei has operations in more than 170 countries and regions, and its products serve more than one-third of the world's population. The company always maintains a good cybersecurity record. In terms of 5G technology, Huawei's research and development (R&D) investment in the past four years is 2.5 times that of Nokia and three times that of Ericsson. Huawei has accumulated 2,750 5G-related patents and delivered more than 30,000 5G base stations worldwide. Many European countries have already signed 5G commercial contracts with Huawei.

Huawei has been doing business in Canada for more than a decade and has been a major supplier to telecommunications companies such as Bell and Telus. Six of Huawei's 21 R&D centres around the world are located in Canada. Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei recently stated in an interview with Canadian media that he hopes to help Canada develop into an innovation centre similar to Silicon Valley. Recently, Oxford Economics, a well-known international advisory firm, published a report titled "The Economic Impact of Huawei in Canada." The report shows that in 2018, Huawei's contribution to Canada's GDP was $690-million CDN, providing 4,760 jobs for the country and generating $204-million in tax revenue. The report also pointed out that Huawei will make a broader "catalytic" contribution to the Canadian economy in the future through R&D spending, co-operation with Canadian universities, providing training for workers and students, and more.

Some U.S. officials warn against a partnership with Huawei, claiming that Huawei is suspected of spying in several countries and that its equipment has "backdoors," posing a "security threat" to countries utilizing its products. But so far, no country, company, or individual has been able to produce conclusive evidence that Huawei poses a security threat to them. The Daily Mirror in Berlin reported that after years of review, Britain, Germany, the European Commission, as well as other relevant agencies have not found Huawei equipment to possess a clear "back door." Ironically, the U.S., through its Prism program, eavesdropped and monitored the world and even its allies.

The 5G technology is a joint technological innovation of the international community. Its development and utilization are related to global economic development with the interests of all countries in the world and the progress of human civilization involved. If political factors are artificially introduced into 5G development, utilization, and co-operation, then issues will arise. Discriminatory practices already exist. Politicizing 5G will not only be detrimental to the development of 5G, but it will also violate the principle of fair competition and go against the common interest of the international community.

In an era of globalization, the principles of fairness, impartiality, and non-discrimination are essential to maintaining international rules including normal economic and technological co-operation. It is believed that the Canadian government prioritizes its own fundamental and long-term interests and will proceed to make independent judgments and choices that best suit its interests.

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