Czech cyber security agency warns against use of Huawei, ZTE hardware, software

Czech cyber security agency warns against use of Huawei, ZTE hardware, software

A report in the Global Affairs Canada said the Canadian Foreign Ministry was "aware of a Canadian citizen" who had been detained in China.

Other media reported that the country's three top operators planned not to use current equipment and upcoming 5G gear from Huawei, and that France was considering adding items to its "high-alert" list that tacitly targets Huawei.

Former diplomats said the fact that Canada was granted access to the two men relatively quickly is a positive sign.

The recent detentions of two Canadians has raised suspicions that Beijing is holding them in retaliation for Ms Meng's arrest on December 1, although no link has officially been made between the cases. European officials and companies, initially slow to act on the US warnings, have increasingly distanced themselves publicly from the equipment supplier.

The comments upset Canada, which warned the United States against politicizing extradition cases.

"There are tens of thousands of Canadians that live, travel and work in China", Trudeau said at a year-end news conference.

Huawei and China Mobile were the companies to launch the world's first service-oriented prototype for 5G core networks. A ministry spokesperson declined to identify the citizen, citing provisions of Canada's Privacy Act.

A second source said Canada was concerned that the detainees were in the hands of the powerful security authorities.

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Nearly all network customers have indicated they want Huawei, which is now the market leader with the best equipment and will remain so for at least the next 12 to 18 months, for faster and more cost-effective upgrades to 5G.

China's largest technology company by sales has rapidly become a lightning rod for America's fears about the Asian country, as tensions between the world's two richest nations escalate.

Pressed by public broadcaster Radio-Canada why he had not personally intervened in the cases by calling China's President Xi Jinping, he said on Tuesday: "In worldwide politics, it is always better to proceed by degrees".

In an op-ed in the Globe and Mail, Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye said Meng's arrest was a "miscarriage of justice", given that she wasn't charged under Canadian law.

The Chinese embassy has said Lu is not available for interviews.

The last time Canadians were detained in China for security reasons was in 2014 when Kevin and Julia Garratt, who ran a coffee shop in northeastern China, were held near the border with North Korea.

Lu's tone was far more positive than the column he wrote in the Globe and Mail newspaper the previous day when he called Meng's arrest in Canada "a miscarriage of justice" that has "chilled" the feelings of the Chinese people towards Canada.