Report: Huawei Employees Worked with Chinese Military on Research Projects

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Huawei’s US ban controversy not going anywhere anytime soon. The company seems again in trouble and facing new allegations based upon the reports. As discovered by Bloomberg, several Huawei Technologies Co. employees have collaborated with China’s People’s Liberation Army on at least 10 research projects. Surprisingly, this time the report shows-off further closer ties than previously acknowledged by smartphone and network powerhouse.

Huawei’s employees collaborated on several projects with PLA which includes artificial intelligence, radio communications, and also geographical information system. One of the projects also involved the Central Military Commission and the supreme military body of the far Eastern Company.

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Although, the projects are just a few of the publicly disclosed studies. But, they all have taken off the curtains from how this Chinese electronics giant Huawei’s employees have collaborated with the PLA on research projects. Well, according to Bloomberg, they have picked some paper from the published research database. It is used by Chinese academics. Well, the paper confirms for having Huawei Employees as a part of the collaboration because the company name is listed at the top of those papers.

Upon these allegations, Huawei’s spokesperson Glenn Schloss said to Bloomberg, “Huawei is not aware of its employees publishing research papers in their individual capacity,” Further he adds, “Huawei does not have any R&D collaboration or partnerships with the PLA-affiliated institutions. Huawei only develops and produces communications products that conform to civil standards worldwide, and does not customize R&D products for the military.”

Bloomberg also asked China’s defense ministry on this case. But so far they didn’t get the answer on this comment.

It’s usual for tech companies and military to collaborate and research on necessary projects. Even the United States Government also gives grants for research on projects in collaboration with the tech companies. However, since, Huawei’s founder was working without any official grant, the information citing question for the company that it was spying for the government through its equipment.

Later on Thursday, Huawei’s chief legal officer Song Liuping reaffirmed that “Huawei doesn’t customize products nor provide research for the military. We are not aware of the papers some employees have published. We don’t have such joint-research projects with PLA.”

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