What happened: Several Huawei employees worked with members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on research projects from artificial intelligence to radio communications, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
Huawei executives responded by claiming they are unaware of any such joint projects with the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Meanwhile, Huawei has warned that politicizing intellectual property will destroy confidence in the patent protection system.
In recent months, the Trump administration has pressured allies to block the company and barred USA manufacturers from selling equipment to Huawei, among other Chinese firms.
Microsoft researchers in China for instance raised eyebrows earlier this year for their work with scholars affiliated with a Chinese military-backed university - researchers from the same university worked with a Huawei employee on at least one project.
US President Donald Trump placed Huawei last month on a blacklist prohibiting US firms from selling components to the company, raising tensions in the US-China trade war.
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Ren has constantly denied Huawei maintains military connections. The United States alleges Huawei equipment is inherently unsafe because it could be compromised by the Chinese government for information-gathering or espionage purposes.
The armed forces too have strongly denied official links to Huawei.
Bloomberg was unable to contact the employees listed or determine whether they remain at the company. The problem is that the Shenzhen-based company has spent considerable time and energy trying to weaken any perception that it's tied to the Chinese government. Chinese "universities are quite open to working with the military".
Wong said the papers on using technology to detect emotions in videos weren't particularly cutting edge, which partly explains why they can be made public.
In addition, researchers sometimes put their employer's name on papers without notifying the company, or wait till the paper comes out before doing.
"In the USA they have similar arrangements as well". While there's still plenty of business - even US allies such as the United Kingdom and Germany haven't excluded Huawei completely - any scaling back of those ambitions threatens this growth momentum. "There are many sources of funding, including from the military for research".