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What Canadian universities gain, and lose, by accepting Huawei funding

Today on Front Burner, CBC senior business reporter Peter Armstrong talks about the tens of millions of dollars Huawei gives to Canadian academic research, and the potential security risks of accepting that funding.
The Huawei logo is pictured outside the company's research facility in Ottawa. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

The Chinese tech giant Huawei is in the news again. This week is the one-year anniversary since the company's CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested at a Vancouver airport, which triggered a massive diplomatic crisis between Canada and China. Also this week, Meng Wanzhou's father, the founder and CEO of Huawei, said the company's centre for research and development will be relocated from the United States to Canada. But that move isn't such a surprise. Huawei currently funds $56 million of academic research at Canadian institutions, a fact that worries tech and national security experts. Today on Front Burner, guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud is joined by Peter Armstrong, CBC's senior business reporter, to talk about the risks and rewards of accepting Huawei's money.

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