The recent detentions of a Canadian former diplomat and a Canadian entrepreneur have raised suspicions that Beijing is holding them in retaliation for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou's December 1 arrest, though no link has officially been made between the cases.
Hu said Meng's arrest has had no impact on the travel of the company's senior executives.
"You might call it a slippery slope approach; you could call it a salad bar approach", Freeland said.
The Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NÚKIB) issued a warning against the use of telecommunications equipment manufactured by Chinese giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. Huawei has already conducted 5G trial runs in 10 different cities across the world, as per the company's annual report.
Nearly all network customers have indicated they want Huawei, which is now the market leader with the best equipment and will remain so for at least the next 12 to 18 months, for faster and more cost-effective upgrades to 5G. "Banning a particularly company can not resolve cybersecurity concerns", he said.
Huawei is the world's largest maker of telecom equipment and the world's second-largest smartphone vendor by shipments.
The third Canadian's identity could not be confirmed due to provisions under the Privacy Act, but Global Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family. Huawei will also have the United States feature prominently through its own supply chain, but Hu is confident it would stand up to any potential punishment dished out by the US.
The issue with ZTE was its dependence on the United States for its supply chain.
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Cohen has said he is continuing to co-operate with investigators. "He attacks my family", Cohen said. In an interview Thursday with Fox News , he said: "I never directed him to do anything wrong".
To wrap up the press conference, Hu had a few closing quotes.
"This is help from the UK Government and we feel very appreciative about it".
"At Huawei, we see what we have encountered, and we still love the work we are doing".
Huawei has become the target of USA security concerns because of its ties to China's government. "In terms of how we arrived at this number [US$2 billion], it is based on our technology mix and also based on our own cost estimations", he said. "There are clear definitions", says Hu. In the past, we haven't received any requests to provide improper information. "We follow those facts to see if there are violations of USA law".
And Hu? "No comment on that".
"We are not seeing as pessimistic a picture as was described just now".
The situation in New Zealand is a little trickier since the government has barred Huawei in 5G networks, but the Chinese vendor said its clients will continue bargaining with the government and collaborate with Huawei. The watchdog apparently claims that using equipment developed by these suppliers may pose a severe security threat. The fear is that Huawei and the other Chinese manufacturers will install backdoors in their network devices to allow the Chinese government to intercept all communications, which would effectively represent a serious risk to global security.