Huawei reportedly launched itslab in South Korea on Thursday, but opted to keep it quiet in the wake of .
The lab is the embattled Chinese telecom’s first opendevelopment center where other companies can test their platforms, but media weren’t invited to Thursday’s event, according to Reuters.
Instead, it chose to restrict the invitations to anonymous Korean tech and enterprise bosses, the outlet reported. Huawei apparently plans to invest $5 million in the lab, which is located in Seoul.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trumpcutting Huawei off from US suppliers, straining its links with companies like and . The Trump administration has also reportedly to ban Huawei due to its alleged ties to the Chinese government.
Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
First published at 5:22 a.m. PT.
Updated at 6 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.