Oxford suspends donations, sponsorships from Huawei

Oxford suspends donations, sponsorships from Huawei
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Oxford University has suspended donations and sponsorships from Chinese tech giant Huawei over "public concerns raised in recent months."

The BBC reports that the Oxford decision comes after Huawei has faced accusations that its equipment could be used for spying.

Huawei also faced accusations this week from federal prosecutors in the U.S. that the company was involved in the theft of U.S. trade secrets.

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"Huawei has been notified of the decision, which the university will keep under review. The decision applies both to the funding of research contracts and of philanthropic donations," the university said in a statement obtained by the BBC.

"The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei," the statement continued.

Two ongoing contracts with the firm had been suspended, the university said, and future projects would be put on hold until concerns about the company were addressed.

"We currently have two such on-going projects, with a combined funding from Huawei of £692,000. Both projects were approved under the university's regulatory processes before the current levels of uncertainty arose," it said.

A spokesman for Huawei told the news network that the company had not been informed about the decision ahead of time.

With its close ties to the Chinese government, Huawei has been accused by U.S. lawmakers of posing a national security threat, and the company's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada last year at the behest of the U.S.

Meng is awaiting extradition to the U.S., though President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE has signaled that he could intervene as a way of improving U.S.-China relations.

Earlier this week China's government defended Huawei, calling for an end to “the groundless fabrications and unreasonable restrictions” on Huawei and other firms.