Champagne says Canada wants only “trustworthy” AI partners as Huawei’s decision approaches

On Sunday, September 26, 2021, a technician is standing at the entrance to the Huawei 5G data center at Guangdong No. 2 State General Hospital in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, southern China. (APPhoto / Ng Han Guan)

Industry Minister Fran├žois Philippe Champagne states that Canada wants to only deal with “trustworthy partners” in future artificial intelligence ventures.

Champagne’s comments to the Canadian press strongly suggest that Canada’s rejection of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei as a 5G provider is imminent.

The federal government has long postponed the decision to become a major provider of AI-powered next-generation 5G Internet networks, as China until recently imprisoned two Canadian men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. I did.

The two men were released in September after spending more than 1,000 days in a Chinese prison, widely seen as Beijing’s retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. delivery warrant. it was done.

Champagne said Canada’s 5G decision is expected to take place within a few weeks of its official return to Congress on 22 November.

He says national security comes first when Canada moves forward with trusted partners in AI collaboration in 5G. 5G relies on artificial intelligence, which is expected to change everyday life.

Canadian press