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Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is quietly flying millions of masks to Canada, as health authorities and hospitals struggle to acquire adequate safety equipment for medical workers dealing with the deadly coronavirus outbreak. 

But with so much controversy around its presence in Canada, Huawei looks to be seeking to “maximize goodwill with the Canadian government without risking drawing too much public controversy. Hence, the lack of publicity,” said Anton Malkin, a research fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

The donation raises a question for Canadian leadership, he said. ”Ottawa could do a cost-benefit analysis: Is our urgent need for masks outweighed...

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