“The research and development center will move from the United States, and Canada will be the center.
According to the U.S. ban, we couldn’t communicate with, call, email or contact our own employees in the United States.”
Ren Zhengfei in interview with Globe and Mail
Founder and CEO of Huawei
Huawei is one the largest network providers for the cell phones in the world. US authorities also accuse Huawei of spying and corporate espionage. Huawei denies all accusations.
Details were not disclosed where the new R&D in Canada will be located or how many new jobs will be created. But we do know that Huawei has cut 600 jobs in California just recently.
Huawei’s main headquarter is in China with additional offices in Germany, India, Sweden and Turkey.
Huawei also wants to start manufacturing 5G chips in Europe to gain trust from Europe that their equipment does not contain anything illegal.
“Ottawa should make the development of artificial intelligence its national strategy, Such a strategy would involve attracting talent.” Ren was dismissive of the idea that Ottawa should give Huawei some financial support. “If they need more money, I can give them money. I’m richer than the Canadian government.”
U.S. Department of Justice said it has asked Canada to extradite Chinese Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou to the US.
Jury has charged Huaweri as well as Meng with the following list of infractions:
conspiracy to trade secrets
attempted theft of trade secrets
seven counts of wire fraud
one count of obstruction of justice
faces charges of bank fraud
conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud
“Today we are announcing that we are bringing criminal charges against telecommunications giant Huawei and its associates for nearly two dozen alleged crimes. China must hold its citizens and Chinese companies accountable for complying with the law.”
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
A pretty large list of infractions indeed.
Last month Canada has intercepted Meng and put her on bail when she was travelling through Vancouver to Cancun, Mexico. Canadian government had to fire Canadian ambassador to China, John McCallum, because he said that it would be “great” and simply things for Canada if the U.S. dropped its extradition request for Meng.
Chinese government continues to be furious with Canada and even went to say that “Canada sometimes acts more like America’s ‘51st state’ than a sovereign country with a will of its own,” through their People’s Daily Online publication.
Even with such a large list of potential infractions the US still has to prove any wrong doings by Huawei or its empoyees. US might be using this as show of force to get such a large company like Huawei nowhere near US or its allies due to its new 5G technology and great potential to spy on the US and its allies with it.
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