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Huawei, Huawei Sending Masks To Canada

Huawei sending millions of masks to Canada as supplies grow short

Huawei sending millions of masks to Canada as supplies grow short

2020-04-06 9:11:00 PM

Huawei sending millions of masks to Canada as supplies grow short

The company is said to have already delivered to Canada more than a million masks, 30,000 goggles and 50,000 pairs of gloves

.Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is quietly flying millions of masks to Canada, as health authorities and hospitals struggle to acquire adequate safety equipment for medical workers dealing with the deadly coronavirus outbreak.The company, which has provoked controversy with gifts to other countries, has already delivered to Canada more than a million masks, 30,000 goggles and 50,000 pairs of gloves, according to a person with knowledge of the donation, the scale of which Huawei has not made public. The Globe and Mail is not identifying the person because they are not authorized to speak with the media.

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Story continues below advertisementAnd Huawei continues to send more, with plans to give six million masks to Canada. A relatively small percentage – fewer than 200,000 – will be the N95 masks that are used by front-line medical workers, but in short supply. Huawei is not sending ventilators.

Huawei’s gifts come as the company seeks a key federal approval to install its 5G technology on Canadian mobile networks. Huawei has also sought the release of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Vancouver in 2018. The U.S. has sought her extradition on fraud charges related to alleged violations of sanctions against Iran.

But the company’s donation is a particularly valuable one as the rapid spread of COVID-19 sparks a global race to purchase masks, dramatically raising their selling prices – for those able to buy them. In Canada, shortages of key protective equipment have grown so acute that officials are examining ways to disinfect and reuse medical masks, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said Sunday. On Monday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford

is “getting really low.”Canada sent 16 tonnes of protective equipment to China in early February.The first Huawei-provided supplies arrived in Canada on March 22, said Alykhan Velshi, Huawei Canada’s vice-president of corporate affairs.“Three weeks ago, we began reaching out to provincial governments across Canada offering to donate medical masks and other supplies,” he said. “These are all donations. Canadian provincial government officials have helped pinpoint their areas of greatest need and readiness to distribute the masks.”

Huawei has donated millions of masks around the world, including to a number of European countries, such as the Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.Story continues below advertisementBut with so much controversy around its presence in Canada, Huawei looks to be seeking to “maximize goodwill with the Canadian government without risking drawing too much public controversy. Hence, the lack of publicity,” said Anton Malkin, a research fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

The donation raises a difficult question for Canadian leadership, he said. ”Ottawa could do a cost benefit analysis: is our urgent need for masks outweighed by the perceived damage that would be caused by foreign influence resulting in our decision to take their masks? Which choice would best assure the health and well being of Canadians?”

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“Is it awkward to accept gifts from a company whose CFO is undergoing an extradition trial in Canada? Yes. But should we accept? Absolutely,” said Diana Fu, a political scientist at the University of Toronto who specializes in contemporary China.“Huawei’s gift of masks is certainly a PR campaign, in step with the Chinese government's national PR campaign around the world. But why not benefit from it? Given that Canada’s long-term ally, the U.S. may stop shipping masks north of the border, why not benefit from the strategic generosity of a frenemy, China?”

The Chinese government, along with many Chinese-headquartered companies, has engaged in “mask diplomacy,” sending huge quantities of medical equipment around the world, with government officials eager to portray China as a cooperative and selfless global partner. “When fighting an intense battle, does anyone think of the size of the prize they will receive after the war?” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said last week. “In China, we are doing our best to protect people’s life and health at the lowest possible cost, while contributing as much as we can to other affected countries.”

Images of Chinese generosity have been partly sullied by quality problems, with the Netherlands, Spain, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Turkey all raising concern over goods received from China.Story continues below advertisement“We must be aware there is a geopolitical component including a struggle for influence through spinning and the ‘politics of generosity,’” Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, wrote in a recent blog post. He warned about a “global battle of narratives” in which “China is aggressively pushing the message that, unlike the U.S., it is a responsible and reliable partner.”

For Canada, one option would be to accept the goods Huawei is delivering – but refuse to take them as donations, said Guy Saint-Jacques, the former Canadian ambassador to China. “Compensate Huawei. That would remove any ambiguity,” he said.“Huawei is doing this with what I would call ulterior motives,” he said. “They obviously want to buy some goodwill for the decision that will have to be made by the Canadian government.”

But for the moment, he said “the priority is to get enough supplies.”Huawei itself said it is using its considerable financial and logistical power to provide help.“In times of crisis, we all need to pull together and help out,” Mr. Velshi said. “That’s what citizenship is all about.”

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Isn't that wonderful...masks made from raw materials sent from Canada...we're reduced back to 'colony' like we were 150 years ago!!! Real progress!!! Really how about we publish this WHEN IT HAPPENS AND IT’S DEEMED SAFE to use since most Chinese PPE has been REJECTED by other countries see... Don’t accept! China is a real and present danger!

'The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.' Yes /No ? Any of these masks from the 2.02 billion masks China purchased between Jan and Feb? Or any of these were from the ones Canadian government shipped to help China in feb? 🤦🏻‍♀️ They are still the enemy. HuaweiAreSpies

That's what happens when a country does not fill its Health Minister position, no minister to co-ordinate ahead of time with provincial ministers on having a supply of PPE when the virus peak hits. Trudeau needs to fill that position. I would rather die than take help from Huawei_Canada or China. LOL, how could this move be any more obvious? Who came up with this idea? Our government or theirs?

Trump won’t support Canada, time to send Huawei ex home 30 pieces of silver for Trudeau Sold out to China 5G is fraught with tracking, espionage and data mining. UK just told them to shove this up their arse. But Bed Hiding PM says yes. TrudeauLiedPeopleDied Producing is so simple masks and other supplies. Why don’t we produce?

Is this for the new network? realDonaldTrump this will please trump So huawei sends masks and other ppe while trump tries to stop us receiving masks. So trump wants us not to use huawei 5G equipment but is OK with killing Canadians. Fork trump. Keep social distance for everything from China, be safe, otherwise Beijing Virus, Shanghai Virus, Xi'an Virus will follow up soon after Wuhan Virus.

Is this a hostage exchange? Chinese Communist Party hoping to fill Canada with insecure 5G technology to spy on companies, researchers, law enforcement and the Canadian public, sends millions of potentially contaminated or substandard masks in PR stunt. Fixed it for ya. How about Huawei take steps to release Canadian hostages instead. cdnpoli

Why the don’t shut down the 5G. Would be healthier than their masks. Communist infiltration and communist compromised government I can not believe we having N95 masks shortage in this country. I mean, we are a G7 country. Troy,foolish. nothing like canada sending all our masks to them and then their phone company that wants access to Canada bribes us with Masks? WT ever loving F.

That’s part of the deal. Corruption totally corrupt Worst deal ever. We are so screwed. How nice of COMMUNIST China while Trudeau keeps Meng Wanzou under house arrest. Makes sense. We all know this is political motivated partially but hey! We will take some masks for now. And trumpy gets none, again

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