By Josh Wingrove Bloomberg Thu., Feb. 21, 2019 Huawei Technologies Co. would deny any Chinese government request to open up “back doors” in foreign telecommunications networks because they aren’t legally obliged to do so, the company’s chairman says. Liang Hua, speaking to reporters in Toronto on Thursday, said the company had received an independent legal opinion about its obligations under Chinese law and said there is nothing forcing companies to create what he called “back doors” in networks. He said they’d never received any such request, but would refuse it if they did. “We will not execute the request” because it wouldn’t be lawful, he said through a translator, stressing that he leads “an independent business organization” aimed at serving its customers. “We have kept a good track record on cybersecurity.” His comments, and an announcement of increased spending in Canada, come as the country and several of its peers weigh whether to restrict or ban Huawei from 5G networks. The company’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, meanwhile, is under house arrest in Vancouver and faces potential extradition from Canada to the U.S. ‘Challenges and Difficulties’ Article Continued Below Chinese national security laws require that any organization shall co-operate with… Read full this story
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