Poland arrests Chinese businessman suspected of spying

Poland arrests Chinese businessman suspected of spying

Polish security forces have arrested a Chinese Huawei employee on allegations of spying.

"Despite efforts in some markets to create fear about Huawei and to use politics to interfere with industry growth, we are proud to say that our customers continue to trust us", said Ken Hu, the company's rotating chief executive and deputy chair.

Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters saying it was aware of the situation in Poland and was looking into it.

While one was identified as the Huawei employee, the other was described as a Polish citizen and former security official.

"We will be in touch with Polish authorities for further information", said spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.

Huawei has been blocked in the US since 2012 after the House Intelligence Committee report found that using the company's technology could pose a security risk.

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.

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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. They will remain in custody for three months.

Polish television reports that Piotr D left Poland's internal security agency (the ABW) following allegations of corruption, but was never formally charged.

"Polish security agents searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland's leading communications provider, where the former Polish security expert recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data", the AP wrote.

Other countries have concerns too: It has been prevented from supplying next-generation 5G equipment to Australia and New Zealand. The homes of both men were also searched, according to TVP, the state broadcaster. He alleged both suspects "carried out espionage activities against Poland". One of them is reportedly a sales director for Huawei.

Huawei is a large maker of smartphones and telecommunications equipment.

Norway's comments come at a time in the country is seeking to stamp out vulnerabilities in its telecoms networks. The man attended a top Chinese intelligence school, and was a former Chinese consulate in Gdnask.

The Polish announcement comes weeks after Canada arrested Huawei vice-president Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of violating Iran sanctions. This would seem to back up USA accusations that Huawei has working closely with Chinese intelligence.

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