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

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

Poland's public TV channel TVP reports that the Chinese national is a sales director at Chinese telecoms firm Huawei's Polish branch.

The arrest rekindled tensions between China and the West over cybersecurity concerns surrounding Huawei. It sells more smartphones than Apple (AAPL) and builds advanced telecommunications networks in countries around the world.

Earlier this week, Polish security agents searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland's leading communications provider, seizing documents and electronic data.

TVP reported that Huawei's office in Poland had been searched by the ABW.

Huawei is a leader in the development of next-generation "5G" mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe.

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

"This incident created harmful effects on Huawei's global reputation", the company said.

Huawei had a presence at CES, but one of its employees was arrested in Poland while the show was going on. 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 person has yet to be named by Poland officials, but WSJ's sources claim that the man is Weijing Wang, and is known as Stainslaw Wang in Poland.

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The Chinese national is a former employee of the country's consulate in the Baltic Sea port of Gdansk, according to TVPInfo. One of them is reportedly a sales director for Huawei.

Weijing Wang is a Polish language graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Wang and a former Polish security official were detained by the Polish intelligence agency on Friday in Poland.

The two Huawei arrests follows Huawei being blocked from involvement in the 5G rollouts in a string of western nations, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, while intelligence services in Britain and Canada have also announced reviews into Huawei.

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has sacked a Polish employee accused by the country's security services of spying.

Orange Polska said in a statement security services had on Tuesday gathered materials related to an employee, whom it did not identify.

In mid-August, Washington enacted legislation banning USA government agencies from using Huawei products amid concerns that the company's mobile phones "pose an unacceptable risk to the [Pentagon's] personnel, information and mission".

The arrest comes just over a month after Canada detained Meng on a United States extradition request, a move that infuriated China, which warned Canada of "serious consequences". She was granted bail by the Canadian supreme court in December 2018.

On Dec. 10, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on vague national security allegations in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest.

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