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Oxford Suspends Research Grants From Huawei Over Security Concerns


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Security concerns have prompted Oxford University to sever ties with Huawei.

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Security concerns have prompted Oxford University in the U.K. to sever ties with Huawei, and to indefinitely suspend acceptance of the Chinese tech company's gifts and research sponsorships.

An email sent to computer science doctoral students at the university said the Committee to Review Donations will reconsider this decision in three to six months.

According to one source, the decision was spurred by a Telegraph story in December citing lawmakers on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee as urging U.K. universities to exercise "extreme caution" over their connections to Huawei.

The company has faced criticism from intelligence agencies around the world over its links to China's government, despite denials that its technology could be used for espionage.

Huawei-supported academic projects in the U.K. have included research into mobile phone networks and audio tech, and funding for a Cambridge University computer laboratory and a 5G Innovation Center at the University of Surrey.

From The Telegraph (U.K.)
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