Canada’s Huawei-5G decision risks putting it at odds with Five Eyes allies

Toronto Star – In the wake of the United Kingdom’s move to ban Huawei from the country’s 5G infrastructure, pressure is mounting on Canada to take a decision that observers say will either distance it from longtime allies or risk further eroding its relationship with China.

Ottawa is expected to make a call on the Chinese telecom giant’s involvement in 5G this year.

The decision has been further framed this week by the U.K. ban, which leaves Canada as one of last two nations in the Five Eyes security alliance — also comprised of the United States, the U.K., Australia— not to have banned Huawei from 5G projects over security concerns. New Zealand has previously rejected the company’s involvement in 5G in a move many say is effectively banning them, but said Wednesday it will not impose blanket bans and instead decide on a case-by-case basis.

“The Five Eyes is taking a pretty united decision on Huawei and the security risks and the implications of any Huawei decision,” says Sam Armstrong, spokesperson for the newly formed Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China.

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