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Huawei Ban Revoked by Science Publisher IEEE


June 3, 2019

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers on Sunday (June 2) reversed restrictions it had slapped on Huawei last week, letting the Chinese company's scientists peer review papers in its publications once again.

"Our initial, more restrictive approach was motivated solely by our desire to protect our volunteers and our members from legal risk," the U.S. publisher wrote in its statement.

The IEEE, which publishes around 200 journals and magazines, has 422,000 members worldwide. It touts itself as "the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity."

Its ban on Huawei was apparently motivated by fear of "severe legal implications" after the Trump administration banned the company from using U.S.-made technology on May 15, following years of allegations that it's linked to the Chinese government.

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