Huawei Employee Arrested in Poland Over Spying Allegations

14 January, 2019, 16:40 | Author: Carlos George
  • US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd is linked to China's government

The authorities said on Friday that they have detained a Chinese man, and also a former official of a Polish security agency, who are suspected of espionage activities for the Chinese government.

Mr. Bradley has faced increased scrutiny in the past year as Washington ramped up pressure on major allies, including Canada, to bar Huawei from providing equipment for next generation 5G wireless networks, arguing it is to closely linked to Beijing and its gear could be used to spy on Western interests.

Orange Polska's spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski declined to comment on Huawei cooperation while confirming that the Warsaw-based company handed over an employee's belongings to the Polish authorities on Tuesday.

The Chinese foreign ministry expressed grave concerns over the incident and urged Poland to protect the lawful rights of the Chinese detainee.

Poland is one of Huawei's top 10 global markets, local unit director Tonny Bao said in an interview with Polish website Defence24.

The arrest of Wang is the latest setback for Huawei.

Polish state TV said that one of two people arrested was a Chinese man identified as Weijing W., who was a Huawei director in Poland.

HEIGHTENED SCRUTINY Huawei has come under intense scrutiny in recent months as countries including Australia, New Zealand and Japan have followed US moves against the company, citing security concerns.

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Huawei has been repeatedly accused of spying for China in the last six months, with several governments recommending against using its equipment due to ties with Beijing.

Zaryn identified him as Weijing W and the Polish suspect as Piotr D.

Huawei, which also makes smartphones and other consumer devices, issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters saying it was aware of the situation in Poland and was looking into it.

Ewan Lawson, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, said the arrests in Poland could bolster Western concerns.

Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his professional duties and that it was working with the country's security agency.

Its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou - the daughter of its founder - was arrested in Canada last month and faces extradition to the USA on charges of breaking Iran sanctions. Following Meng's arrest, China warned Canada of "grave consequences", and has since detained two Canadians on charges of endangering national security. She has been released on bail, but faces a lengthy legal fight over extradition to the US.

The Huawei logo displayed at the main office of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Past year the company also said it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America.

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