By Josh Wingrove Bloomberg Thu., Feb. 21, 2019 Huawei Technologies Co. is pledging to add to its Canadian workforce and invest in new research even as the Chinese technology giant remains caught in the middle of a diplomatic feud over the arrest of its finance chief on Canadian soil. Eric Li, president of Huawei’s Canadian unit, announced the measures Thursday in Toronto, where he was joined by Chairman Liang Hua. Huawei pledged to add 200 new research and development jobs, a 20 per cent increase, and boost annual research spending in Canada by about $25 million (Canadian). It will also ensure that intellectual property “generated in collaboration with Canadian institutions remains in the country,” according to a statement. The measures appear aimed at soothing Canadian fears over Chinese government influence in Huawei, as Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou remains under house arrest in Vancouver after being detained in December. Canada must decide by March 1 whether to grant the U.S. request to begin extradition proceedings against Meng. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is also weighing whether to ban the telecommunications firm from the country’s 5G network roll out. The U.S., New Zealand and Australia have all restricted or banned Huawei… Read full this story
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