Global Times recently reported that CMLink, a subsidiary of China Mobile Canada, announced on December 28, that, at the request of the Canadian Federal Government, the company will cease its operations on January 5, 2022. Users can apply for refunds from the same day. This is yet another example of the Canadian government’s use of “national security” to suppress Chinese companies. Radio Free Asia (RFA) Chinese Edition also reported that China Mobile landed in Canada in 2015 and got popular among users who travel frequently between Canada and the China/Hong Kong region. At the beginning of 2021, the Canadian government began to review China Mobile Canada based on national security considerations. It issued an order on August 9 instructing the company to divest itself of its parent company’s shares or terminate its Canadian operations. The company filed in court against the government’s order. It lost the case. Analysts expressed the belief that China Mobile Canada’s refusal to draw a clear line with the parent company confirmed the fact that the so-called Chinese overseas subsidiaries can operate independently is nonsense.
(1) Global Times, December 30, 2021
(2) RFA Chinese, December 29, 2021