Lenovo has for long been rumored to bid for BlackBerry, and now a new report suggests that despite the Chinese giant s strong will to buy the Canadian company, the Canadian government rejected the idea. According to a report on The Globe and Mail, Ottawa had clearly told BlackBerry that it would not approve a buyout proposal from Lenovo, highlighting security concerns. This report comes after BlackBerry s announcement yesterday about not selling the company and instead taking $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial Holdings and other investors. BlackBerry also let go of its CEO Thorsten Heins and announced John S Chen as the interim-CEO. Also Read - Lenovo Legion 5 Pro launches with Ryzen 5000 CPU, brings Legion Ultimate Support serviceAlso Read - Best gaming laptops under Rs 1,00,000 in India: MSI GP65 Leopard, Dell G5 and more
Reportedly, the government had informed BlackBerry in advance its concerns over the involvement of a Chinese company in the Canadian telecom operations. The report has quoted an anonymous government official saying, We have been pretty consistent that the message is Canada is open to foreign investment and investment from China in particular but not at the cost of compromising national security.