A news report said Huawei’s workers had cooperated with various parts of China’s People’s Liberation Army on research including on artificial intelligence and radio communications.
Huawei does not have any company-sanctioned projects cooperating with China’s military and does not customize products for use by the country’s armed forces, the tech giant’s legal chief told CNBC on Thursday.
That comes after Bloomberg reported earlier in the day that, based on public documents, Huawei’s workers had cooperated with various parts of China’s People’s Liberation Army on research including on artificial intelligence and radio communications.
But the company exec denied there’d been any official work with the PLA.
“As far as I know, we don’t have military cooperation projects because we are a company dedicated to provide communications systems and (information and communications technology) solutions for civil use,” Song Liuping, chief legal officer at Huawei, told CNBC in a Thursday interview conducted in Mandarin and translated by a company-provided translator.
“My understanding is we don’t have any projects that relate to the military cooperation category. Neither do we customize products or solutions for the military,” he added.
Bloomberg’s report outlined at least 10 initiatives on which Huawei employees allegedly worked with the Chinese military, including one to extract and classify emotions in online video comments.
Bloomberg’s report outlined at least 10 initiatives in the last decade on which Huawei employees allegedly worked with Chinese military units. Those included one to extract and classify emotions in online video comments, according to the report. The information was gathered by looking at publicly available research papers whose authors were identified as Huawei employees, the report said.
A spokesperson for Huawei told CNBC the company is “not aware of its employees publishing research papers in their individual capacity.”
Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei was a former officer in the PLA. Huawei’s critics have pointed to that fact to suggest the company has a close relationship with China’s military and government.
The U.S. government is worried that Huawei’s equipment could present a risk of China accessing user data. Washington has also warned of laws in China that apparently compel Chinese companies to help Beijing with any national intelligence work if asked.
Ren told CNBC earlier this year that the company would resist any request from Beijing for user data.
“Even if we were ordered to, Huawei would still not install back doors. If a single back door was found in even one of the countries where we operate, our sales would shrink in all of them,” Ren said.
PARIS (Reuters) – Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National rode a wave of nationalist sentiment to win the most votes in France’s election to the European Parliament on Sunday, but the margin of victory over President Emmanuel Macron’s party was narrow.
Macron, who formed his own movement to run for the French presidency in 2017, shattering the traditional centre-right and centre-left blocs, had never contested a European election before. He portrayed the vote as a battle between pro-EU “progressives” such as himself and anti-immigration nationalists such as Le Pen and Salvini.
Reacting to the results, an Elysee official called them “disappointing” but not punishing. Another said Macron would not deviate from his reformist agenda as a result.
But some analysts said the vote highlighted the scepticism at his pro-business economic agenda felt by a large chunk of voters and played out in the streets over the past six months during anti-government ‘gilets jaunes’ protests.
“He risks having even more limited room for manoeuvre in his reforms and getting locked into a head-to-head confrontation with the RN, which has established itself as the main opposition party, until the next presidential election,” said Christopher Dembik, economist at Saxo Bank.
Others criticised the performance of Macron’s campaign flagbearer, former Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau.
FAR-RIGHT RISES, AGAIN
An Elabe poll projected the RN would get 24 seats in the European parliament compared with 23 percent for Macron’s party.
For Macron, the question will be whether his ambitions to lead in Europe will be dented by his second place in France.
He has opposed Germany’s Manfred Weber from the centre-right European People’s Party group as the lead candidate to become European Commission president. Instead, he backs France’s Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator.
Macron aims to forge a centrist alliance with liberal, pro-European parties, a bloc currently known as ALDE but which may change its name. The leader of ALDE in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, said Macron would join forces with the group.
The group is expected to have around 100 seats in the 751-seat European Parliament, which would make it the third-strongest bloc and potentially a “kingmaker”.
Because no single group will have a majority in the parliament, alliances will be necessary to secure the 376 seats needed to carry a vote on decisions such as the next Commission president. Macron has said he will aim to build an alliance with the centre-left Socialists and Democrats, the Greens, and potentially centre-right Christian Democrats.