Charity ends Chinese tech firm link

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The Prince's Trust has said it is ending a 10-year link with Huawei in light of public concerns 

25th January 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A charity has said it will no longer accept donations from a Chinese tech firm.

The Prince’s Trust has said it has ended its association with Huawei in light of public concerns.

The company had supported the trust for more than a decade, but has faced claims that it poses a potential risk to countries that use its technologies, because Beijing might coerce it into providing a way to spy on its clients' communications networks or crash them during an international dispute.

"We were disappointed to hear this news from the trust, as we have the greatest respect for the excellent work it does with young people," said a spokesman for Huawei.

"We are proud of our 10-year partnership and of course hope we can work together again in the future.

"We regret that decisions of this sort are being taken as a result of ill-informed and unfounded discourse about Huawei."

A spokeswoman for the trust said that: "Future donations will continue to be reviewed by our Ethical Fundraising Committee."

She added that the firm would retain its status as a patron "until all current commitments have been delivered".