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That’s the essence of the blunt warning from Susan Rice, the U.S. national security advisor under U.S. president Barack Obama and the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. This is a woman who was involved in the most precarious of security issues involving the United States — and when she talks about this issue, she leans in and is firm.
Rice is clear about how dangerous she considers the risk of allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei to work on 5G networks in Canada.
“It’s hard for me to emphasize adequately without getting into classified terrain how serious it is,” she said in an interview with The National this past weekend in Washington.
It was a conversation about her memoir, Tough Love, about the current turmoil in the U.S. and about her own political aspirations too. But it was the discussion about China and Canada, and the prospect of Huawei’s place in Canada’s 5G projects, where Rice seemed the most concerned.
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