As China's Huawei seeks to ease concern among Western nations bent on shutting it out of their markets, the firm has launched an unprecedented public relations blitz, thrusting its low-key founder in front of international media.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada has been abundantly clear it will not compromise national security. "It's a difficult challenge but we'll not be deterred by what we believe to be right and what we believe to be in the interests of Canada," Goodale said.
Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China's government and US-led allegations that its devices could be used by Beijing for espionage.
Some European governments and telecom companies are following the U.S. lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government.