Huawei funds $56M in academic research in Canada

A national security expert say we simply can’t talk about Huawei the way we talk about other companies. Stephanie Carvin, an assistant professor from Carleton University in Ottawa calls Huawei a “state-championed company.” She says the company is intertwined with and supported by the Chinese government in ways that most companies are not.

“The Chinese state has taken two Canadians hostage on behalf of Huawei,” she said, referring to Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, whose detention in China is widely speculated to be in retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. “That’s not a normal company, and I don’t think we should be considering it as such.”

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