Huawei says sacks employee in Poland that was arrested on spying charges

Maciej Wasik

Maciej Wasik

But others, like Spain, Portugal and Hungary, have been more welcoming of Chinese involvement.

Bowater said the GCSB had still not spoken to Huawei directly about the reasons why Spark's proposal was declined, which he said would be helpful.

"Europe is either dependent on China or the USA". He reportedly became the sales director of Huawei in Poland sometime in 2017 with an emphasis on sales "in the public sector".

TVP identified the arrested Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a sales director in Poland at Huawei. They'll both remain in custody for at least three months.

It added that the pair have been charged with espionage and could face ten years in jail.

When he tweeted the arrests in English, he included hashtags for the US Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency.

One of the GCSB's concerns - though not its only one - is understood to be China's "National Intelligence Law" passed by China's National People's Congress in June past year. "A separate issue is that of threats in the telecommunications industry". He said the country is considering recommending caution towards the company, including potential exclusion from its IT market.

China's Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the case and is urging Poland to handle the case "justly".

Huawei had already seen the arrest of the daughter of the firm's founder in Canada and USA efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

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Orange Polska confirmed that materials related to one of its employees had been gathered, while Huawei said it was aware of the situation and that it would not be making any comment at this time.

A LinkedIn profile for Mr Wang showed he has worked for Huawei's Polish division since 2011 and previously served as attache to the Chinese General Consul in Gdansk from 2006-2011.

Poland's counterintelligence agency is believed to have searched Huawei's Poland headquarters, a local Orange branch, and the houses of both suspects.

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei is linked to China's government and that its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by government spies.

The law has been interpreted by western intelligence agencies as requiring any Chinese citizen or company linked to China to engage in espionage or to collect intelligence anywhere in the world if requested. Huawei has repeatedly dismissed claims that it is a Beijing tool, with company officials noting that it is an independent entity and has never been implicated in any spy rings - until now. The arrest was made as a part of ongoing investigations into the alleged violations of United States trade sanctions.

Scott Bradley, Canadian vice-president of corporate affairs for Huawei, is pictured outside a bail hearing for Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. It has said it would "never tolerate such behavior by any of our staff".

Some analysts doubt that even a widespread ban on Chinese telecoms networks equipment could possibly guarantee watertight security.

"But they've failed to do that so far".

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