MIT decries Huawei telecom equipment in fear of losing federal funding

The U.S. outcry against Huawei, the Chinese tech giant, is gaining momentum. Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT], a top U.S. educational institution, has decried the tech giant’s telecommunications equipment.

According to a Reuters report, MIT dumped equipment manufactured by Huawei and other Chinese companies to avoid losing funding from the federal government.

“MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions,” said Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research.

Projects funded by people or entities from China (including Hong Kong), Russia and Saudi Arabia will be subject to additional review. “The institute will revisit collaborations with these entities as circumstances dictate,” she added.

ZTE was sanctioned by the U.S after the company was found in violation of breaching the U.S sanctions against Iran.

The U.S.’ feud with Huawei has existed for a long time. Troubles started when the U.S Intelligence authorities alleged that the company had ties with the Chinese government. They claimed that its equipment could be used as snooping devices. The U.S has banned federal agencies from using Huawei’s telecom equipment.

Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government claiming that banning the U.S. government agencies from buying equipment from the company is unconstitutional. China has sided with the tech giant stating that the tech firm has the right to refuse to be victimized like silent lambs” and said that the government will back the company in the lawsuit.

The U.S Huawei fight caught media attention when Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested at Vancouver airport in Canada, at the request of the U.S. U.S charged the Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the tech giant’s CEO, Ren Zhengfei, with bank and wire fraud. The U.S. alleged that Huawei and Wanzhou violated U.S. sanctions against Iran.

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MIT decries Huawei telecom equipment in fear of losing federal funding
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