Poland Charges Huawei Manager and Pole With Spying for China

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

Huawei's problems in the west have gone from bad to worse after Polish security authorities arrested a Chinese employee of the company and a Polish national on allegations of espionage.

In this January 9 photo, a security guard stands near the Huawei company logo during a new product launching event in Beijing.

China is seeking consular access for Huawei Technologies Co (華為) employee Wang Weijing (王偉晶), who was arrested in Poland over espionage allegations, state media reported yesterday.

In a statement published by the pro-government Global Times, Huawei said the incident had brought the company into disrepute.

Huawei said Wang's actions "have no relation to the company" and that he was sacked because "the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute".

New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) blocked a proposal by Spark in November to use equipment from Huawei to build its 5G mobile network, which it hopes to have operational by July next year.

Huawei told the BBC it had no immediate comment. The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "greatly concerned" and that it expects Poland to "justly" manage the case.

His departure was associated with the so-called infoafera - a case related to corruption in government IT tenders.

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In August, US President Donald Trump signed a bill that barred the US government from using Huawei equipment and is considering an executive order that would also ban US companies from doing so.

"Huawei has always abided by applicable laws and regulations of the country where it is located. and requires all employees to abide by the country's laws and regulations", it said.

Huawei, which is privately owned under a complex shareholding structure, was founded in 1984 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer with the People's Liberation Army who sat on the 12th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

New Zealand, Australia and the USA have all barred the company from involvement in their national 5G networks. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.

In response, China has arrested a handful of Canadian nationals, apparently forcing a hostage standoff to get Meng back. United States security officials have accused the company of posing a national security risk, something the company has repeatedly denied.

Telenor is now testing 5G networks with the use of Chinese equipment supplied by Huawei, but with Friday's arrests, pressure will only mount on the firm, who sought to substantiate their presence on the continent with the establishment of an European Union headquarters in Brussels in 2018.

After Huawei has recently had to contend with major political problems in America, the Chinese company is now also coming under pressure in Europe.

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