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Huawei Staff & China Military Members Worked Together In Research Projects: Reports


06/27/2019




Huawei Staff & China Military Members Worked Together In Research Projects: Reports
Over the last decade, employees of the Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co had worked in projects alongside members of the Chinese armed forces ion at least 10 such projects, claimed a report published by Bloomberg citing information from various sources. The report also claimed that those collaborations with the Chinese armed forces and its employees were not known to high level officials of Huawei, the company said.
 
“Huawei is not aware of its employees publishing research papers in their individual capacity,” Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly reportedly told news agency Reuters. “Huawei only develops and produces communications products that conform to civil standards worldwide, and does not customise R&D products for the military,” Kelly added.
 
According to the report, members of various organs of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) worked alongside employees from Huawei in projects that ranged from projects related to artificial intelligence to radio communications.
 
“Huawei is not aware of its employees publishing research papers in their individual capacity,” Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly reportedly told a number of media houses after the publication of the Bloomberg report. Kelly also added that the there is not past or current collaborative projects or any research and development collaboration or partnerships that Huawei has with the PLA-affiliated institutions.
 
“Huawei only develops and produces communications products that conform to civil standards worldwide, and does not customise R&D products for the military,” Kelly said.
 
It has been more than a year that Huawei has been facing criticism from a number of Western countries – primarily the United States, as the company has been alleged to create “back doors” in its routers, switches and other communication equipment which could be used by Chinese agencies to spy on western countries and thereby posing a national threat. All such allegations however have been repeatedly denied by Huawei.
 
Last month, Huawei was put on to a so called ‘Entity List’ of the US Commerce Department which essentially  is a black list of the US government that effectively banned all American companies from working with Huawei in terms of both products and technology.
 
According to the report published by Bloomberg, the research projects that were allegedly undertaken were parts of some publicly disclosed studies. The report further alleged that the news was prepared on the basis of the research papers that were published in periodicals and online research databases which are primarily used by academics and industry specialists of China.
 
There were no comments available from the defence ministry of China. The spokesperson of the ministry Ren Guoqiang told the news agency Reuters that no comments is made by it on academic research. “As everyone knows, Huawei is a private company that has developed on its own. There is no so-called Chinese military background,” he said.
 
(Source:www.bloomberg.com)






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