Huawei helped build Canada’s 5G wireless networks, which security analysts warn could give Beijing backdoor access to revealing data about Canadians.
Daniel Tobok, an international cyber security expert who heads the company Cytelligence, has said Canada is potentially connected to Huawei forever as it will need to rely on the company’s support for maintenance and upgrades.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said Tuesday that the company would not comply with any Chinese government requests to disclose confidential information about its foreign customers and their communication networks.
Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was detained by Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.
The U.S. wants Meng extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.