The renowned London School of Economics has not yet decided to sponsor the Chinese IT company Huawei. Even so, its name is pulled through the mud.
Chinese IT company Huawei is in talks to pay the London School of Economics (LSE) £105,000 (€ 130,000) for a three-year project to explore the company’s “leadership” in developing 5G technology. The new funding was described by the LSE as a “donation” for a “proposed three-year consultancy project”, according to documents published in the UK media.
The revelations follow British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approval to allow Huawei to build part of the UK’s 5G network as long as it is limited to “noncore” infrastructure – a move that has been heavily criticized by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Company was a security risk. Huawei’s criticism relates to alleged intellectual property violations, unfair commercial practices, and shameful intentions in alliance with the Chinese government. The LSE’s ethics committee reportedly approved the project last September, despite a spokesman for the London-affiliated college saying it wasn’t.
Internal university documents, obtained from the British website openDemocracy and also published by the Financial Times, show that a group of four scientists met with LSE director Minouche Shafik in 2019 to anticipate “increasing risks to the school’s reputation, China to be exposed ”. In an email to Shafik in June last year after the meeting, the four wrote: “What is particularly urgent is the need for a rigorous and meaningful review of the Confucius Institute for Economics, the summer school of [Peking University] … and the ethical implications in common MSc programs with institutions in which academic freedom is increasingly restricted by the Chinese Communist Party. ”