Top US universities are simultaneously eliminating telecommunications equipment from Huawei and other Chinese companies. This is a consequence of NDAA national security law, cutting government funding for organizations using Chinese telecommunications equipment.
The US government believes that telecommunications devices from Huawei and Chinese companies are a threat to security, allowing the Chinese government to track users and especially steal its advanced technologies. West. However, the Chinese government and its companies have repeatedly denied US charges.
The University of California has removed the video conference system and is in the process of replacing 5 video devices – other videos from China. Some other schools, typically the University of Wisconsin, are also in the process of re-inventorying the device.
The University of San Diego is the school that offers the most drastic action. Last August, the school issued an internal announcement that would not receive any funding or agreements with Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies. At least until February 12, the school’s leadership will review this decision.
These moves show that top US universities are isolated from Chinese companies, which have provided equipment and funded research projects for them for many years. But in the context of the US government facing China, this cooperation is about to end.
Last August, President Donald Trump signed NDAA law, thereby cutting government funding for Chinese telecommunications equipment organizations. The US government is concerned that these devices will be back doors for the military and the Chinese government to follow the studies of universities. American universities that do not meet the requirements in August 2020 will face the prospect of losing government benefits and funding.
For public universities, government funding plays a very important role. Typically, universities in California in the 2016-2017 school year received up to $ 9.8 billion from the government. Of that $ 3 billion is for research, accounting for half of that year’s research budget.
The NDAA law is also only part of the trade war that has yet to show signs of cooling between the US and China. Earlier, the US also imposed heavy taxes on imports from China, making it difficult for Chinese companies to invest in US technology firms. Last year President Trump also passed a ban on government organizations buying equipment from Huawei and ZTE. Currently, he is also considering expanding the ban on buying Chinese equipment to US companies.