University of Minnesota cuts ties with tech giant Huawei

University of Minnesota cuts ties with tech giant Huawei Photo: MGN

March 02, 2019 10:41 AM

The University of Minnesota has suspended its relationship with a Chinese telecom giant that's facing federal charges accusing it of stealing trade secrets, violating sanctions and lying to banks.

A spokesperson for the university confirmed it has suspended its relationship with Huawei and its subsidiaries, and will no longer accept money, enter into contracts or exchange information with Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment company. Huawei funds research at the university.

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The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges in January against Huawei, a top company executive and several subsidiaries. The Chinese tech giant pleaded not guilty Thursday to U.S. trade-theft charges in the case that's escalated trade tensions between the world's two largest economies.

Lawmakers in June warned universities that partnerships with Huawei could pose a threat to national security and called on the Department of Education to investigate Huawei's connections to higher education.

In a statement to KSTP, the University said, in part, "The Unversity of Minnesota considered it prudent to suspend its interactions with Huawei until at least such a time as the alleged economic and national security issues are resolved."

Many other universities across the country have adopted similar stances with Huawei.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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