Canada may bar Huawei from telecom network

CANADA says it has invoked a “national security exception” that could exclude China’s Huawei Technologies from a role in helping build its new super secure government network.

Ottawa announced the move after the US House Intelligence Committee on Monday warned in Washington that equipment supplied by two Chinese firms, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Inc, could be used for spying.

“The government is going to be choosing carefully in the building of this network and it has invoked a national security exception,” said Andrew MacDougall, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Ottawa invoked its “national security exception” to trade agreements in the building of its massive data and telecommunications network.

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