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The University of Oxford has suspended donations and sponsorships from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

The firm is facing accusations from the US and other countries that its equipment could be used for espionage.

Huawei has denied those claims, saying it doesn’t pose a spying risk.

The US is also reportedly investigating Huawei for “stealing trade secrets” from US businesses, and has accused it of contravening sanctions by lying about its business in Iran.

Oxford University said it would provide more details shortly.

The BBC understands that the university is concerned about any potential government restrictions on the telecoms giant in the future.

A Huawei spokesman said: “We have not been informed of this decision.”

Analysis: BBC technology correspondent Mark Broad

The bad news is piling up for Huawei.

Alongside the arrest of staff in Canada and Poland are accusations that it stole trade secrets. It has denied the claims.

The arrests follow increasing restrictions on its role in future US 5G mobile networks.

Australia and New Zeland have followed suit. In the UK some of its kit has been removed from BT’s network. A ban might soon come in Germany too.

The bans aside, the company is doing well. In 2018 it shipped more than 200 million handsets – second only to Samsung.

It warned that 5G without Huawei would be a shadow of what it could become. Like the NBA without its stars, it said.

For some governments that might be a price worth paying.

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