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Oxford University Suspends Ties with Huawei

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Oxford University has cut ties with Huawei amid concerns over security.

The decision to pause all new research grants and sponsorships from Huawei came after an assessment from the university's Committee to Review Donations.

An email from the committee sent to computer science doctoral students reportedly said: "This decision will be revisited by the committee in 3-6 months and does not impact existing donations or research projects which have already been agreed and signed, and are in progress. "

In addition to suspending all new grants, students were warned not to pass sensitive information to Huawei employees.

The company has faced increases criticism in recent months over its close links to the Chinese government. However, the business has regularly denied any suggestion that its technology could be used for espionage.

A spokesman for Huawei said they were unaware of the decision from the institution and were awaiting the University's full explanation.

Huawei has spend millions in forming ties with some of the UK's top universities, funding a series of research projects into vital technologies including mobile phone networks and audio technology.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Oxford University said last week, "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei. We hope these matters can be resolved shortly and note Huawei's own willingness to reassure governments about its role and activities.