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Saudi Arabia partners with China’s Huawei on talent development

The US government has warned Middle Eastern states against doing business with the Chinese tech firm, which has been accused of intellectual theft and enabling the internment of Uyghur Muslims.
This picture taken on Feb. 22, 2021, shows a close-up view of the Huawei Building in Dubai.

The Saudi Digital Academy signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei on developing local talent. To this end, the two entities aim to sponsor 8,000 Saudis to learn information technology and communication at Huawei-accredited centers. They will specifically study artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity and 5G internet uses, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. 

Huawei is primarily known for making smart phones, portable internet routers and other related devices. The company is controversial and has been accused of stealing intellectual property, enabling the surveillance of detained Uyghur Muslims in China and other ills. 

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