According to Reuters, Canada’s federal police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), has suspended a deal with a Chinese regime-linked tech firm that provided its communications equipment.
A spokesperson for the Public Safety Minister on Thursday said, “The RCMP has suspended the contract.”
Canada had given a nearly half-million-dollar contract to Canada’s firm Sinclair Technologies in 2021 for a radio frequency filtering system. The equipment is designed to protect Canadian police radio communications from eavesdropping.
Canadian politicians had raised concerns about the deal as Sinclair Technologies was bought and controlled by a Chinese firm Hytera Communications. The Chinese regime partially owns Hytera as a China state-owned firm Shenzhen Investment has about a 9% stake in Hytera.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission placed Hytera on its blacklist in 2021, citing a national security risk.
The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. prosecutors sought criminal charges against Hytera for allegedly stealing trade secrets from Motorola in January. A former Hytera director reportedly has pleaded guilty to the charges.
The move from Canadian police comes after the country unveiled a new Indo-Pacific strategy to deal with “increasingly disruptive” China last month.
Canada Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said, “We will engage in diplomacy because we think diplomacy is a strength, at the same time we’ll be firm and that’s why we now have a very transparent plan to engage with China.”
Last week in the NATO meeting in Romania, Melanie Joly said that Ottawa would play a more significant role in defense in the Indo-Pacific. She said Canada would send a frigate through the Taiwan Strait this summer, along with the Americans. The number of frigates going through the Strait is increasing.