A Huawei employee was arrested in Poland for espionage

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2019

Huawei New Zealand deputy managing director Andrew Bowater offered the concession in the wake of the arrest of one its employees in Poland on spying charges.

The company added that the decision was made as the incident has brought the company into disrepute.

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

The Polish citizen previously held director-level positions in the country's law-enforcement agencies, said Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Poland's security coordination office.

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

In December, a Czech cybersecurity agency warned against using the software and hardware of Huawei and fellow Chinese company ZTE, saying they posed a threat to state security. Weijing W.'s face has been blurred out of news reports in Poland and China, but the executive was pictured representing Huawei at a conference in 2017. Further indictments are expected, he said. The homes of both men were also searched, according to TVP, the state broadcaster. They will remain in custody for three months.

Wang reportedly worked at a Chinese consulate in Gdansk from 2006 to 2011, and he's been at Huawei since then.

Orange spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski said the company handed over an employee's belongings to the authorities.

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

Poland has arrested a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei's local office and one of its own former counterespionage officers.

"We are asking the related country to deal with the case fairly based on laws" and protect the legitimate rights of the people, it said.

US President Donald Trump's administration has been pushing European allies to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade with China.

A spokeswoman at the Chinese Embassy told The Associated Press that embassy representatives have met with officials at Poland's Foreign Ministry and that China urges Poland "to inform China about the situation of this case and arrange a consular visit as soon as possible".

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

Huawei has repeatedly denied allegations of secret ties to the Chinese government, and says it has won a quarter of all commercial 5G contracts around the world.

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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