Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Oxford University drops research funding from tech giant Huawei

Oxford University drops research funding from tech giant Huawei

T-Mobile also claimed it wasn't Huawei's first victim, alleging that the Chinese tech giant also stole source code and other trade secrets from other companies.

China's ambassador to Canada says the arrest by Canadian authorities of a Huawei Technologies executive was an act of "backstabbing" by a friend and he warns of repercussions if Canada bars the company from its new 5G network for security reasons.

The legislation would also prohibit the sale of US parts to Chinese telecom giant ZTE, reinstating a ban Congress lifted in April after the company agreed to pay a $1 billion fine for violating the USA embargo on trade with Iran. The US government, citing security concerns over links between Huawei and the Chinese government, has banned employees, contractors and agencies from using Huawei devices, prohibited them in military base retailers and warned US residents and other countries against using the company's technology.

China on Thursday expressed firm opposition to the abuse of export control measures of the United States and urged US lawmakers to stop the proposed bill targeting Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese telecommunications equipment companies.

Van Hollen also offered a strong rebuke, saying that both Huawei and ZTE "have repeatedly violated US laws, represent a significant risk to American national security interests, and need to be held accountable".

"We've made abundantly clear that we will not compromise national security".

Saskatchewan ratepayers have provided Huawei $163,598,210 since 2010 through SaskTel, which is once again defending its relationship with the controversial Chinese telecommunications company.

Canada has said little about the review into 5G technology.

China has subsequently arrested two Canadians on grounds of national security, while a third has been sentenced to death for smuggling drugs, according to press reports.

The proposed legislation and the investigation are two of several challenges that Huawei, the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, faces in the U.S. market.

Lu said when Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland ― who has strongly criticised China's actions ― goes to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week she should not try to rally support.

"I think it is more effective if other means are deployed before we get to that point", he said.

John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to China, said the path that China is on is not in its interest.

If there's one thing that Huawei seems to be consistently accused of, it's spying, whether it's for the Chinese government or for itself.

While existing research contracts already received or committed with Huawei will go ahead, the university will not pursue new funding opportunities with the company, it said.

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