Huawei does not customize products or conduct research for the Chinese military, its chief legal officer said on Thursday after a Bloomberg report was published saying Huawei employees had worked on at least 10 research projects with Chinese armed forces personnel over the past decade.
Song Liuping made the comments at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, following the publication of the Bloomberg report earlier on Thursday.
Bloomberg said Huawei workers teamed up with members of various organs of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in projects spanning artificial intelligence to radio communications. Song said Huawei was not aware of the collaborations mentioned.
Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by U.S. allegations that “back doors” in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on U.S. communications. The company has denied its products pose a security threat.
Song also said that Huawei’s patent talks with U.S. carrier Verizon is “common” business activity and such negotiations should not be politicized, days after U.S. Senator Marco Rubio filed legislation to prevent the Chinese firm from seeking damages in American courts.
Huawei has demanded that Verizon pay licensing fees for more than 230 of the telecoms equipment maker’s patents and is seeking over $1 billion, a person has told Reuters