Chinese research body China Computer Federation cuts ties with U.S.-based IEEE

China’s massive reaction to the U.S. move of placing just a single company – Huawei – on the Entity’s list only confirms the assessment by various intelligence agencies of the role played by the Chinese government in Huawei.

China’s technology research group The China Computer Federation (CCF) has suspended its communications with U.S. based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in what is the latest fallout of the U.S.-China trade war.

In a statement, the CCF stated it would suspend dealings with IEEE following IEEE’s statement that it will not allow Huawei from participating in certain aspects of the peer review process for its research papers.

The United States has accused Huawei of being a vehicle for espionage for Chinese intelligence and has placed it on an Entity’s List, thus banning U.S. companies from doing business with it due to national security reasons.

In a post published on the Chinese messaging app WeChat, the CCF criticized the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) for its decision to ban Huawei.

“The IEEE was once considered an open international academic organization, an academic community of practitioners in the information technology field, with members from all over the world, including China,” wrote the CCF on WeChat. “But this time we regret to see that its Communications Society (ComSoc) has restricted the activities of its members on the grounds of local laws, which seriously violates the open, equal and non-politicized nature of being an international academic organization.”

The CCF called on its members to cease contributing to ComSoc’s research reports or attending its events and to refrain from reviewing its papers.

In contrast to CCF’s negative stand, the IEEE stated, Huawei employees who are its members can retain their membership and voting rights; they can also submit papers for publication.

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