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Detained Huawei chief financial officer defends funding of university research

Meng Wanzhou says company 'not after our partners' patents'

TOKYO -- Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei Technologies chief financial officer now under house arrest in Canada pending extradition to the U.S., has defended her company's partnerships with universities in a commentary article published on Wednesday in the Nikkei Asian Review.

Huawei's funding of university research and other programs has come under scrutiny amid tensions over China's drive to acquire technological leadership in key fields. Critics have also suggested that Beijing may be using Chinese companies as a vehicle to acquire advanced technologies for its military buildup. Chinese corporate financial support for universities is also seen as a means to cultivate political goodwill.

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