A former Conservative Party chief has known as on the British authorities to research the UK’s dependency on China as a analysis heart of Cambridge University is alleged to have been “infiltrated” by Chinese tech big Huawei.
Speaking to The Times of London on Sunday, Sir Iain Duncan Smith mentioned that universities within the UK are “far too dependent on Chinese money,” with Cambridge being “one of the worst offenders.”
The senior Tory urged the federal government to arrange an pressing inquiry into “the UK’s dependency on China across a range of institutions and companies.”
His remark got here after the newspaper reported that the chief consultant and three out of 4 of the administrators on the Cambridge Centre for Chinese Management (CCCM) have ties to Huawei.
The Times mentioned the details about Yanping Hu, who was listed because the chief consultant of the CCCM, was faraway from the CCCM web site following inquiries from the newspaper.
A cache of the page, archived on Aug. 17, mentioned Hu had been the top of Huawei Management Engineering Group, director of Huawei Corporate Change Committee, director of Huawei Organisation Department, and the Deputy President of Huawei University earlier than changing into the SVP at Huawei.
The Chinese model of the web page additionally mentioned that Hu is the CEO of Huawei-affiliated Hua Ying Management, which is—together with Huawei and its different associates—on a Washington list of entities that “pose a significant risk of involvement in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”
The web page additionally boasted Hu’s credential as an “expert who enjoys a special allowance from the State Council.”
Tian Tao, one of many CCCM’s 4 administrators, is a senior adviser at Huawei Technologies and a confidant of Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei.
The Chinese model of the CCCM’s website additionally said that it’s the CCCM’s position and “historical mission” to doc, synthesize, unfold, and contribute to the event and administration of Chinese enterprises.
Johnny Patterson, co-founder and coverage director at human rights NGO Hong Kong Watch, mentioned the hyperlink between the college and the Chinese Communist Party have severe implications.
“Huawei’s ties with the Chinese government are no secret. It looks as if the research centre has been infiltrated by Huawei and the university should definitely investigate it,” Patterson informed The Times.
“The close links between Huawei and Cambridge University have serious national security and moral implications,” he added.
A spokesperson for Cambridge University mentioned any relationship the college has is in step with authorities tips.
The CCCM “is a business management programme focused on Chinese business practices. As such, it engages with various sectors of the Chinese economy, including technology companies,” the spokesperson mentioned in a press release.
“The University of Cambridge has a robust system for reviewing all strategic relationships and strict protocols for engaging with any company. Any relationship the University has with any corporate entity, domestic or international, strictly adheres to the guidelines set out by the UK government.”
Neither Huawei, nor the UK authorities responded to requests for remark by the point of publishing.