The federal government contract will see the Beijing-based company—known as the “Huawei of airport security”—supply Canadian embassies with walk-through X-ray machines. (National Post)
Talking point: Nuctech is state-owned and founded by the son of Hu Jintao, the former general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. Its comparison to Huawei invites concerns about competition and national security similar to those that surround the Shenzhen-based telecom giant, whose fate in Canada’s 5G networks is still being decided. The request for proposals on which Nuctech bid stated the contract would go to the lowest bidder. Critics say the process disadvantages Canadian firms and others that may have better technology, but can’t compete against state-subsidized rivals. Nuctech’s successful bid follows efforts by U.S. officials to persuade European governments to stop working with the Chinese firm, citing threats to Western security and business.