Huawei 5G ban: China condemns Canada’s ‘baseless’ Huawei 5G ban

China hit Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE in Ottawa on Friday for blocking the Canadian 5G network, describing the ban as “unfounded” and based on false security risks.

Canada’s long-awaited move follows the United States and other key allies, and leads to a diplomatic standoff between Ottawa and Beijing over the arrest of a senior Huawei executive on a US warrant, which has now been resolved.

“China strongly opposes this,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in the 5G bloc. “Beijing will take all necessary measures to protect Chinese companies.”

“This move goes against the principles of market economy and the rules of free trade,” he added.

Canadian Industries Minister FranāĻ¸ois-Philippe Champagne announced on Thursday that he intends to ban the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications system.

The United States has warned Chinese technology companies about the security implications of giving access to telecommunications infrastructure that could be used for state espionage.

Both Huawei and Beijing have denied the allegations, while Beijing has warned of repercussions for countries imposing restrictions on telecom equipment suppliers.

Wang on Friday accused the Canadian government of “seriously undermining the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.”

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