Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Christian Leuprecht: Why banning Huawei is just one of a series of steps Canada needs to take to defend itself

Friday, 1 March 2019
National Post

 

For the 21st century, communications (the internet and its successors) and data will be as vital as oil and electricity were for the 20th century. Communication networks are the basis of business and industry, and increasingly, of social and political life.

Countries are developing and deploying a growing range of capabilities to leverage the cyber domain for their national interest using such techniques as theft of intellectual property, influencing other nations’ internal politics, conducting cyber-espionage, and even developing cyber weapons that can be used to inflict the kind of damage that has up to now required more typical weapons.

Sovereignty thus depends on the extent to which a country is able to exploit or defend national networks and assert control over the connectivity that the global communications infrastructure enables.

The importance of cyberspace to this century is why Huawei has been in the news. Quick to realize the importance of cyber capabilities, China has been strategic in enabling Huawei to compensate for the greater wealth and skill of the U.S. and other Western rivals.

The importance of cyberspace to this century is why Huawei has been in the news.

Thirty years ago, Huawei had already leveraged intellectual property theft to leapfrog technological milestones: early versions of Huawei’s switches are said to be complete replicas of those developed by Nortel and Cisco, down to the pages of their operating manuals.

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