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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says donations of medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic from foreign companies will not change how the government views those companies going forward.

In his daily briefing to media outside Rideau Cottage on Tuesday, Trudeau was asked about a report by the Globe and Mail that Chinese tech firm Huawei — which the U.S. views as an espionage risk — is quietly shipping millions of medical masks and other protective equipment to Canada.

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“Don’t you feel there might be a quid pro quo in accepting donations from China, a quid pro quo regarding the 5G network and other issues?” one journalist asked in French.

“We are not expecting these donations to have any impact on our decisions. In fact, they will not affect our decisions on any issues,” Trudeau said in French in response to the question.

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“Receiving goods from a particular company won’t necessarily imply at all that we regard different situations with that company any differently in the future,” he then repeated in English.


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