D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi



                The almost unpronounceable Huawei

This teacher is retired. He does not wish to give a lesson to Liberal politicians (nor would it be welcomed) on how to pronounce the word "Huawei" in Chinese. He does not wish to remind them of the difference between the words "private" and "collective" as it applies to Huawei and, by the way, what is the meaning of the term "State-Owned Enterprise" in China. He regards it as a futile exercise to politely remind politicians that Canada's premier technological and by far its largest company called Northern Telecom was seemingly pillaged and plundered by Chinese agents leading coincidentally and apparently unconnected to the rise of Huawei. 

Do you honestly think that you can control an enterprise like Huawei by allowing them to sponsor testing facilities in Canada? Can you possibly comprehend the amount of data and information that is now being siphoned and sucked off under your noses as this company co-operates with universities and companies on state-of-the-art 5G networks? Surely, you are not naïve enough to believe that its activities are not part of the One Belt and One Road Program whose goal is world domination?
Are you so oblivious to common sense that you ignore how this situation may pose a threat to this nation's security and, in addition, undermine the security of the United States whose defence umbrella you depend on.  Our Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is obviously oblivious to reality. 

It should be noted that lifting of American tariffs on Canada's steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. was not part of free-trade negotiations. An important reason these tariffs were imposed was because the Americans were particularly concerned about Chinese and Russian steel entering the United States from Canada. Of course, this is not ultra high-tech stuff, but basic manufacturing. 

The Americans claimed their imposition of tariffs was based on national security concerns without explicitly delineating those issues. Canadian Liberal politicians said this was ridiculous. They cited historical instances of how Canadians fought side by side with Americans in several wars. However, they totally ignored and sidestepped takeovers of ITF Technologies and Norsat International by Chinese concerns. Let the author ask a hypothetical question. Wouldn't a company like Huawei or other Chinese concern want to ensure that ITF and Norsat were in control of Chinese hands before it progressed with its 5G network in Canada? 

If one totally banned Huawei from Canada it would assuage American concerns about national security issues. It would allow Canada to remain in the Five Eyes intelligence network. You will remember how the old Northern Telecom building or headquarters of the DND had not met the standard for the Five Eyes Group since 2013 when it was reported that electronic eavesdropping devices were found at the Carling Campus. If the author recalls correctly it was said that DND staff switched from computer to handwritten notes. This is not a remake of Back to the Future but rather a journey to Pellucidar in Back to the Stone Age. 

Finally, with the banning of Huawei, you would see how American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum would miraculously disappear when proper safeguards were put in place and the arrangements were properly negotiated. By that it is meant, in part, that there would have to be a co-ordination of implementation in both countries of the Magnitsky Act. Currently, it is not being fully applied in Canada with regard to a steel company controlled by a Russian oligarch.  

D.卡尔顿 罗西

D. Carlton Rossi