The University of Cambridge has defended itself against accusations it has been “infiltrated” by Chinese telecoms company Huawei.
The Times found that three out of four of the directors at the university’s Cambridge Centre for Chinese Management (CCCM) research centre were linked to the tech giant, which is alleged to act on behalf of Chinese intelligence agencies.
Critics of Cambridge’s relationship with Chinese investors – as reported in the Times on 13 September – include policy director of the Hong Kong Watch campaign group, Johnny Patterson, who told the newspaper it appeared that Cambridge Centre for Chinese Management (CCCM) had been “infiltrated” by Huawei and said an investigation was necessary. His concerns were echoed by former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, who is who is head of the China Research Group and chairman of the foreign affairs select committee.
Any relationship the University has with any corporate entity, domestic or international, strictly adheres to the guidelines set out by the UK government – University of Cambridge
In a statement on their website that same day, the University of Cambridge said:
“The Cambridge Centre for Chinese Management (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 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.”