Poland Charges Huawei Manager With Spying for China

Poland Charges Huawei Manager With Spying for China

Poland Charges Huawei Manager With Spying for China

TVP reported that Huawei's office in Poland had been searched by the AWB, along with the offices of Orange Polska where the Polish national reportedly worked.

The U.S. criticism has led to a number of Western countries and companies to review whether they should allow Huawei's equipment to be used in their telecoms networks.

The Polish authorities have arrested a Chinese Huawei employee over espionage allegations.

The Canadian government previous year launched a new security review of Huawei's 5G technology, which at least two major Canadian carriers have said they plan to test in small-scale pilots.

A deputy digital affairs minister in Poland said, however, that Warsaw was analysing any involvement by Huawei in building the country's 5G telecommunications infrastructure, Money.pl portal reported.

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".

"On Tuesday, the ABW (Internal Security Agency) officials conducted actions, as a result of which, we handed over belongings of one of our employees", a spokesperson for the telecom said in an emailed statement.

Going forward, he will serve as special adviser to the company, assisting "as required", Huawei Canada President Eric Li said in a memo to staff obtained by Reuters.

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Huawei's statement said his alleged activity had "no relation to the company".

Polish authorities announced on Friday that a Huawei director, Wang Wjing, and a Polish cybersecurity expert were accused of carrying out "espionage against Poland". But the country's IT watchdog says it had seen no evidence Huawei could use its equipment to spy for Beijing.

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

Europe should be "worried" about Huawei and other Chinese companies, given the mandatory cooperation they have to maintain with Chinese intelligence services, European Commission Vice-President for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said on Friday (7 December). The US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Norway are among them.

Huawei's business is thriving in many places.

This refusal to use Huawei's products come from the belief that doing so would pose "significant risks to national security" and potentially provide sensitive information back to Beijing through "backdoors" installed in Huawei products.

Oddly, Huawei, once a customer of Qualcomm, was one of the star witnesses for the FTC in their suit against Qualcomm which alleges that the USA company is threatening to withhold chips to customers unless they pay unreasonably high licensing fees.

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