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Huawei was biggest sponsor of trips by Australian politicians

National security concerns hang over Chinese telecom equipment maker

Australia and the U.S. are becoming wary of Chinese communications equipment makers like Huawei.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- China's Huawei Technologies was the No. 1 corporate sponsor of Australian lawmakers' overseas travel from 2010 to 2018, sparking criticism as the company comes under scrutiny in the West for posing a threat to national security.

Huawei funded travel for seven members of the ruling Liberal Party and five from the opposition Labor Party, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said in a report Tuesday. That is the most by a single company over the eight-year period.

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