You go that way, we'll go Huawei: China Computer Federation kicks back at IEEE in tit-for-tat spat

Now they're withdrawing co-operation too

Following disquiet over the IEEE's decision to block Huawei-linked researchers from doing various academic tasks, a Chinese computer research body has reportedly severed ties with the IEEE in retaliation.

The China Computer Federation (CCF) declared that it is suspending communications with the US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Computer Society (IEEE CS), according to Reuters.

This comes hot on the heel of an academic backlash against the IEEE for what amounts to blacklisting of researchers with links to Huawei. The IEEE insisted that as a US-based corporation it is subject to US law and thus has no real choice in the matter, though others disagree with their interpretation of the US sanctions on Huawei.

In a post on China's WeChat platform, the CCF said the IEEE CS "was once considered an open international academic organization" before describing the Huawei ban as something which "seriously violates the open, equal and non-politicized nature of being an international academic organization".

A subset of the IEEE, the IEEE CS concentrates, as its name suggests, on computer technology. The wider institute covers a number of additional fields as well as computer tech. The effect of the CCF ban will be that its members stop contributing to IEEE CS events as well as reviewing its papers or submitting their own.

The current Huawei hullaballoo isn't the first time the IEEE itself has gotten caught up in US politics. Back in 2003, the organisation was criticised for a similar move targeted against Iranian members' benefits. ®


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