Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, takes off his glasses during a round table meeting with the media in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. The founder of network gear and smart phone supplier Huawei Technologies said the tech giant would reject requests from the Chinese government to disclose confidential information about its customers. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Oxford suspends research funding from China's Huawei

January 18, 2019 - 5:27 am

LONDON (AP) — Oxford University says it is suspending research grants and funding donations from Huawei amid growing security concerns about the Chinese telecom giant.

It's another setback for Huawei's image in Europe, an important market for the company, which has been effectively blocked in the U.S.

The university said in a statement Thursday that Oxford "will not pursue new funding opportunities" with Huawei or related companies, though two existing research projects will continue.

The decision was made "in the light of public concerns raised in recent months" surrounding the company's U.K. partnerships.

Britain's defense secretary and its intelligence chief both voiced concerns last month about Huawei's involvement in the country's rollout of 5G networks.

Huawei said it was "not informed of this decision" and awaits the university's full explanation.

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