The Sydney University of Technology’s Australia China Relations Institute (ACRI) is seeking further donations from Chinese corporations as it seeks to water down the controversial $1.8 million start-up gift from controversial Chinese businessman Huang Xiangmo and his Yuhu Group.

Huang recently resigned from the board of the institute he effectively founded after a “major review”, but it’s just as likely the public spotlight was too bright after it was revealed he had donated money to Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.