MIT cuts ties with Huawei and ZTE over ongoing U.S. federal probes around espionage risks

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has severed ties with Huawei and ZTE as U.S. authorities investigate the Chinese firms for alleged sanctions violations.

MIT is the latest top educational institution to unplug telecom equipment made by Huawei and other Chinese companies to avoid losing federal funding.

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The university said it chose to suspend ties with the companies following a review of projects that posed an 'elevated risk.'

As part of the move, MIT will also apply added scrutiny to collaborations with China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, said Maria Zuber, MIT's vice president for research.

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In addition to MIT, U.S. academic institutions including Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Minnesota have also suspended ties with Huawei and ZTE.

'MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions,' Zuber said.

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'The institute will revisit collaborations with these entities as circumstances dictate,' she said.

Britain's Oxford University stopped accepting funding from Huawei this year.

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'We're disappointed by MIT's decision, but we understand the pressure they're under at the moment,' Huawei said on Thursday.

The company denies the allegations of the U.S. government.

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'We trust the U.S. judicial system will ultimately reach the right conclusion,' Huawei said.

ZTE did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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