Huawei plans to move US research centres to Canada amid US crackdown

  04 December 2019    Read: 829
Huawei plans to move US research centres to Canada amid US crackdown

Huawei has taken further decisions to extricate itself from US-imposed restrictions after stating it plans to move its research centre from the US to Canada, as well as produce more network components outside of China, company founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei said, reports citing Sputnik.

These decisions have been taken because Washington was mulling further restrictions to block US components being shipped to the Chinese telecoms giant over what it calls 'threats to national security', as well as ban Huawei from buying and selling in US dollars.

Huawei's “centre for research and development will be moved out of the United States. And that will be relocated to Canada,” Ren said as quoted by Canada's Globe and Mail.

Huawei's top official also said he would like to build more facilities across Europe for manufacturing 5G network equipment in the EU in a bid to allay US government fears and rumours that the company's IT products were a threat to national security.

To date, Huawei has invested $510m on its US-based research facility, which has seen employment slashed from 600 to 250 there due to US President Donald Trump's trade war on China.

The move could be seen by some as an olive branch to Canada following the arrest of Ren Zhengfei's daughter, Meng Wanzhou, at Vancouver International Airport at Washington's request over allegations she had conspired to "defraud multiple international institutions" to violate sanctions against Iran, Canadian courts said in 2018.

The news comes after Washington blacklisted over 20 percent of Huawei's global research and development centres across the world in August, after naming eleven facilities across the US, UK and Italy in a list of 46 affiliates, stating that they could not trade without US approval.

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