Huawei fires director who Poland charged with spying

14 January, 2019, 06:12 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • A Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei was arrested in Poland and charged with espionage on behalf of China

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei says it has sacked a Chinese employee who was arrested on spying charges in Poland, as the company sought to distance itself from the incident. The U.S. has been pushing European governments to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade between the world's two biggest economies.

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

Poland's counterintelligence agency seized documents from the man's office and home. But a USA dispute with China over its ban on Huawei is spilling over to Europe, the company's biggest foreign market.

The allegations were that Huawei was using its kit to spy on other governments - claims the firm has strenuously and repeatedly denied.

As word broke Friday that a Chinese citizen named Weijing Wang had been arrested in Poland for spying, it's likely few people in the United States even heard about it, much less realized the arrest may be closely monitored by conservative political operatives stateside, and possibly even have implications for the average person living in America.

He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland". Further indictments are expected, he said.

It was also reported that both detainees pleaded not guilty and refused to give explanations regarding the case.

The Polish announcement comes weeks after Canada arrested Huawei vice-president Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of violating Iran sanctions.

Polish officials have not charged Huawei with wrongdoing concerning Wang's case.

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According to a LinkedIn profile, Mr Wang was a sales director at the firm and worked as an attache at China's embassy in Poland from 2006-11.

He is a graduate of the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

Internal Security Agency officers have searched the headquarters of Huawei's Polish branch and the offices of the Orange telecommunications corporation, where the Polish suspect worked after leaving the agency, TVP Info said.

Western governments have raised concerns about the security of the firm's products, with U.S. authorities encouraging other nations to ban Huawei equipment.

There's already been talk of reviewing Huawei's involvement in Poland's 5G network, which might exacerbate the situation.

Her arrest sparked a surge of patriotism in China with companies encouraging staff to buy Huawei smartphones.

"As we start 2019, it is time for a change", Bradley said in the post.

"Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based", a Huawei spokesperson told TechRadar Pro.

Chinese tech giant Huawei is at the centre of several diplomatic rows, most spurred by concerns over security.

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