China 'Deeply Concerned' Over Huawei Employee's Arrest in Poland - Foreign Min.

12 January, 2019, 11:13 | Author: Donnie King
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The offices of both Huawei and Orange Polska have been searched by Poland's Internal Security Agency.

He worked at Orange, a company that worked with Huawei to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks in Poland, the BBC reported.

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

The move is the latest setback for Huawei, which saw the arrest of the daughter of the firm's founder in Canada and USA efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

Australia and New Zealand banned Huawei equipment from the planned 5G networks of carriers in the countries and the head of British spy agency MI6 said last month the government needs to decide whether to ban the company.

A Huawei spokesperson told WSJ that the company is aware of the situation and is looking into it, adding that it requires employees to complies with the country's laws and regulations.

Two Huawei employees have been arrested in Poland for allegedly spying on the Chinese government's behalf.

"It's not the beginning of this case but it's also not the end", he said.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro (above) is one of its most powerful smartphones ever.

The Chinese suspect was named by TVP Info only as "Weijing W".

After both suspects were reportedly detained by the ABW earlier this week, the Warsaw District Court ruled on Thursday that the two should remain behind bars for three months.

Local media identified the Chinese man as a Huawei official but the company has not confirmed the claim.

Bradley spoke candidly about the relationship Huawei Canada has had with the country over the past 10 years, emphasizing years of work would be thrown away if the government decides to ban the Shenzhen, China-based telecommunications and smartphone giant from involvement in the future network infrastructure plans of Canada's carriers.

Huawei has come under global scrutiny lately.

The detention came as part of an investigation into alleged violations of U.S. trade sanctions.

China is highly concerned over the issue, the press office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The accusations adds a new front for Huawei, as it battles allegations that its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou conspired to defraud banks to unwittingly clear transactions linked to Iran, in violation of USA sanctions.

"We are extremely grateful for his contributions to Huawei Canada during the past seven and a half years and I personally want to take this opportunity to thank him for the dedication and valuable support he has provided to me during the time we worked together".

Orange Poland told the AP on Friday it was cooperating with Polish security services in the case and had "handed over belongings of one of our employees" in Tuesday's search of its offices.

However, Polish authorities told Reuters the spying allegations are related to the actions of the individual Huawei employee, and not necessarily linked directly to the company itself. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.



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