The woman nominated as the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada says it plans to apply fresh pressure on Ottawa to ban Huawei from participating in 5G network in Canada.
During a speech in the Senate Committee on foreign relations in Washington, Aldona WOS said that, if this information is confirmed, it will “… build on the existing bilateral cooperation against China harmful activities, and continued to Express concern about the authorization of access to the 5G network from Huawei and other unreliable suppliers.”
Canada is the only member of the “Five eyes” intelligence-sharing Alliance that includes the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand — which is not prohibited or restricted by Chinese giant from helping in the creation of a 5G network in the country.
Ottawa conducting a comprehensive review of the potential role of Huawei in the 5g, which includes the broader, strategic view on how technology can contribute to economic growth.
USA Canada wants to ban Huawei
Washington has repeatedly threatened to review its intelligence agreement with Ottawa, if the company is allowed to participate in the development of secret technology that will give Internet users a fast connection and provide greater data throughput.
The U.S. claims that the company may be forced to act as spy agencies for the Chinese government, and that it poses a serious threat to national security.
VOS will also provide extensive support for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians detained in China. Both men were taken into custody by the Chinese authorities in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested the financial Director of Huawei Meng Wanzhou, at the request of extradition to the United States.
“I will make clear the deep concern of the US government over the punitive China and the arbitrary detention of two citizens of Canada,” she said.
In his opening remarks, Vos stressed the importance of the integration of canadian-American relations in the field of defense and national security, and promised to deepen these ties.
“US-Canada relationship is one of durable strength. It is built on broad and deep ties between our peoples, shared values, extensive trade, strategic global cooperation and defense partnership,” she said, reading from prepared notes.
Defense spending pressing issue
VOS also promised to increase pressure on Canada to increase its defense spending — the question of how previous Obama administration and the current administration, trump.
“If confirmed, I will encourage Canada to ensure the potential of the Alliance to fulfill the commitments that all the NATO leaders agreed in the pledge in Wales in 2014,” she said.
The pledge of Wales calls upon all States members of NATO that are not currently spending equivalent to 2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, to gradually increase spending and move towards this goal for decades.
The costs of defense of Canada in 2019 was equal to 1.27% of its GDP, according to NATO. Currently there is no plan to meet the 2 percent target.
Current defence policy of Canada calls for a 73-percent increase in the budget for 2026-27, that would bring defense spending to 1.4 percent of GDP.
If confirmed, Vos will replace Kelly craft, President of the first Ambassador of Donald trump Canada, who oversaw the renegotiation of NAFTA.
Vehicle maintenance impressed many in the White house, and she left her post in Ottawa to become the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
VOS faced with fewer questions than other nominees at today’s hearing. Most of the attention was on view Lisa Kenna, a long time state Department employee appointed to the post of U.S. Ambassador to Peru.
Kenna worked in Secretary of state Mike Pompeo office during the campaign of pressure on Ukraine, which led to the impeachment of President trump.
VOS was asked about the Canada-U.S. border closure
WoS was asked Senator Jeanne Shaheen from new Hampshire about COVID restrictions on the canadian-American border.
Said Shaheen companies, hospitals, and other health workers in the Northern part of its condition adversely affects the closing.
“Given the nature of the pandemic that we all face, currently, mutual beneficial for both of our countries continue to have restrictions on our borders,” said Vos.
“But these restrictions are mainly for tourist and leisure activities to travel across the border. It is very important for both our countries to continue our goods and services could flow freely across borders”.
Shaheen said she hopes WoS can work to ensure that the closure of the border not to disrupt trade between border States and Canada.
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