Published: Fri, June 28, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Chinese military collaborated with Huawei, papers show

Chinese military collaborated with Huawei, papers show

Huawei products were targeted at the civilian market and would not be customized for military use, Bloomberg quoted the company spokesman.

The company's workers have published 10 research papers since 2006 with units of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on subjects including artificial intelligence, radio communications, location data and heart-signal detection.

Song Liuping's remarks were made on Thursday at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen.

Reports said Wednesday Huawei has collaborated on research projects with the People's Liberation Army and has close ties to the military.

Meanwhile, Huawei has warned that politicizing intellectual property will destroy confidence in the patent protection system.

The Trump administration has imposed strict limits on Huawei's ability to do business with USA companies and urged allies to follow suit, saying it poses a national security threat.

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The studies papers show one area of overlap, no less than when it comes to personnel. Company executives have repeatedly denied spying for the Chinese government, and in June, Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe said, "Huawei is not a military company".

The possibility that Huawei works closely with China's military, intelligence agencies and other government organizations has led to scrutiny from countries around the world.

Ren has denied Huawei maintains military connections. The United States alleges Huawei equipment is inherently unsafe because it could be compromised by the Chinese government for information-gathering or espionage purposes. "Just how much, I'm not clear on because we don't regard them as a core customer". Chinese "universities are quite open to working with the military. There is no so-called Chinese military background", he said, obliquely referring to company founder Ren Zhengfei's stint as a PLA military engineer during his impoverished youth.

Bloomberg was unable to contact any of the Huawei employees involved in the ten military projects it discovered.

Tech companies and military agencies have been collaborating around the world for decades, generating numerous technologies that underpin the modern internet. While there's still plenty of business - even USA allies such as the United Kingdom and Germany haven't excluded Huawei completely - any scaling back of those ambitions threatens this growth momentum.

"In the USA they have similar arrangements as well".

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