The chinese manufacturer of the trains of exo, which is supplied in mines where working children, is also in the crosshairs of the Pentagon for its links with the chinese military.
“Is this the wifi network on the train, and the cameras will have hidden doors to spy on the passengers ? It is a golden opportunity for the secret service of china “, warned the specialist in cyber security Steve Waterhouse.
Three years ago, the chinese manufacturer CRRC has won the contract of 24 cars of suburban trains to Bombardier, with a price of $ 69 million, well below the $ 103 million provided by the society of collective transport exo.
Last year, two Dutch NGOS, Terre des hommes and the Centre for research on multinational companies, revealed that the chinese manufacturer CRRC buys mica in Madagascar most likely mined by children, some of whom were barely five years old.
However, The Newspaper has found that this same manufacturer is also part of a short list of 20 chinese companies suspected of being controlled by the army, according to the Pentagon.
Michel Juneau-Katsuya, CEO of Protect-Yu and ex-Service officer from the canadian security intelligence (CSIS), the game is not worth the candle.
“The canadian government is guilty of never having sensitized the private sector on the dangers of information theft that are regularly the Chinese “, he lamented.
In Quebec, CRRC is of interest to the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), which held an investment of $ 11 million at December 31, 2019.
The wool socks Quebec also has an investment of $ 1 billion in China Mobile, which figure in the list of 20 companies pointed the finger at the us administration.
The Fund also has a stake in China Telecom ($6.8 million), China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (300 000 $), Dawning Information Industry Co. ($100,000) and China National Nuclear Power Corp (100 000 $).
Among the companies in the list include the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), a company suspected of being mixed up with several cases of espionage with which Québec has invested $ 30 million for a project to be risky airships of the French Flying Whales.
Her side, Yan Cimon, professor, Department of management, University Laval, wanted to mitigate the hazards.
“In strategic sectors, this closeness with the State can be disturbing, even though many of these companies are listed in the stock Exchange with corporate governance rules, he insisted. It is necessary to be cautious before concluding that there is an interference “.
Contacted by The Newspaper, the Cashier refused to comment on the record, citing “obvious reasons of competitiveness and strategies of trading and investing,” according to the words of his spokesman Maxime Chagnon.
Exo is said to be “satisfied with the work carried out by CRRC,” by the mouth of his press secretary, Maxine Kelly-Richard.
About CRRC, the company has not responded to our interview request Friday.
Last year, the society of collective transport exo has been on the alert after a train of its chinese supplier CRRC is set to roll at full speed with the door wide open, in the United States.
– With the collaboration of Sylvain Larocque
Some companies in the crosshairs of the pentagon
- Aviation Industry Corporation of China
- China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
- China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation
- China Electronics Technology Group Corporation
- China South Industries Group Corporation
- China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation
- China State Shipbuilding Corporation
- China North Industries Group Corporation
- Huawei Technologies Co.
- Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co.
Source : TIME