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Lawmakers Urge DeVos to Probe Chinese Partnerships at US Universities

Lawmakers Urge DeVos to Probe Chinese Partnerships at US Universities
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By    |   Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:17 PM

Congressional lawmakers are calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to probe whether Chinese organizations are trying to steal research and technology from universities in the U.S., Politico is reporting.

Twenty-six members of Congress signed a letter to DeVos asking that she mandate American universities working with Huawei Technologies to document any of joint projects.

Huawei is a Chinese technology firm that provides funds for research in engineering, communication and computer science.

The lawmakers, who include Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are asking DeVos to investigate whether Huawei researchers are currently involved in the work at American universities.

"We believe these partnerships may pose a significant threat to national security and this threat demands your attention and oversight," stated the letter, which was organized by Rubio and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.

The Washington Post posted a copy of the letter.

The letter added: "Huawei is not a normal private sector company the way we have grown accustomed to thinking of the commercial economy in the West."

The lawmakers asked DeVos to be briefed by the FBI about Huawei.

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