Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

Lamar Ellis
January 14, 2019

"This matter has to do with his actions, it doesn't have anything to do with the company he works for", Zaryn said of the Chinese man.

A Polish man was on Tuesday also arrested for alleged espionage along with Wang. The country's security services searched the offices of Huawei as well as Orange Polska, public television said.

China is highly concerned over the issue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' press office said in a faxed response to questions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said that Chinese officials are not respecting the diplomatic immunity of one of the Canadians detained in China last month.

If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison. Further, the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer said it complies with all laws in the countries it operates in and requires employees do the same.

"Huawei is aware of the situation, and we are looking into it", a spokesman for the company told reporters. The man attended a top Chinese intelligence school, and was a former Chinese consulate in Gdnask.

NPR reported that the Polish government believes the two had "cooperated with the Chinese services" while spying in Poland. Her arrest highlighted US accusations that Huawei broke sanctions against Iran, but the USA has also been pushing to try to curtail Huawei's influence, warning about the company's possible ties to Chinese intelligence and calling on countries to exclude the company as they build new 5G networks.

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Orange Polska worked with Huawei a year ago on introducing the latest fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network in the country of 38 million. The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies. A spokesperson for Orange Polska told NPR that the company was cooperating with authorities.

In apparent retaliation, China has since detained two Canadians - a former diplomat and a business consultant - on suspicion of endangering national security.

Huawei has been blocked in the United States since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment.

Any block on Huawei being involved in the roll-out of 5G in New Zealand could disproportionately impact 2degrees, which has largely relied on the Chinese firm to supply the bulk of its network technology.

There has been no public evidence that Huawei's equipment has been used for spying and the firm has repeatedly denied the claims, but several western countries have restricted Huawei's access to their markets and have pressured Canada to do the same.

Huawei has previously said it does not pose a security threat and that it's never been asked by any government to build backdoors or interrupt any networks.

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