China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that proposed United States legislation targeting Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese telecommunications equipment companies was due to "hysteria", and urged U.S. lawmakers to stop the bills.
China's ambassador to Canada warned the Canadian government Thursday to stop recruiting global support in its feud with China and threatened retaliation if Canada bans Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for security reasons.
Members of the British Parliament began expressing concerns regarding university ties to Huawei past year after China arbitrarily arrested two Canadian citizens following the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada. The US government, citing security concerns over links between Huawei and the Chinese government, has banned employees, contractors and agencies from using Huawei devices, prohibited them in military base retailers and warned US residents and other countries against using the company's technology.
Williamson's remark followed a statement by Alex Younger, the head of the UK Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), who argued that London should decide how comfortable the dependence on Chinese technology in developing the 5G network is for the United Kingdom.
Meng's arrest while she was changing planes at Vancouver's airport on December 1 created a diplomatic rift that has continued to grow.
Canada is now studying the security implications of 5G networks, but unlike some allies has not announced Huawei equipment will be excluded.
"We hope Canada thinks twice before making any actions", Lu said through an interpreter to a group of Canadian journalists. Meng is the chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder.More news: Trump Trolled by Burger King, Netizens Alike Over ‘Hamberders' Mishap
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Freeland said the detained Canadians would be at the top of her agenda when she travels to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum next week.
China subsequently detained two Canadians, raising diplomatic tensions between China and Canada, and drawing in Western allies such as the USA and Australia.
The Chinese government retaliated against the arrest by detaining Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, about a month ago, claiming he's a national security risk.
He also warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to back off from his efforts to recruit additional worldwide support in Canada's feud with China. Huawei is the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker.
The Huawei Technologies Company and the ZTE Corporation together with any affiliates or subsidiaries are the two firms directly named in the bill as being covered by the proposed legislation, as well as any other telecom company domiciled in People's Republic of China, as first reported by Reuters.
A third man, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, saw his sentence in a drug case raised to a death penalty, rather than a prison term.