May 16, 2019 / 3:21 PM / 6 months ago

Canada's Trudeau says politics will be kept out of Huawei decision

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and other state leaders for the 'Christchurch Appeal' against terrorism, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said his government would make an eventual decision on Huawei’s involvement in building a 5G network based on intelligence advice and facts rather than on politics.

“We know that is it is extremely important that our citizens are safe and protected while at the same time give them a choice, opportunity and flexibility when it comes to technology,” Trudeau told a press conference in Paris.

Trudeau also said China was holding Canadian citizens arbitrarily and that this was unacceptable. Trudeau was reacting after the Chinese foreign ministry said two detained Canadian citizens have been arrested on charges of gathering state secrets and stealing secrets for overseas forces.

Reporting by John Irish and Inti Landauro; editing by Richard Lough

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