Huawei Canada senior executive leaving the embattled Chinese tech company

13 January, 2019, 12:45 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Hmmm: Huawei exec arrested for espionage in Poland

Now the Polish counterintelligence agency believes it has hard evidence of Huawei's employees' wrongdoings.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Huawei executive has been arrested in Poland after being discovered as a spy for the Chinese government.

Two Huawei employees had been arrested in Poland over allegations of spying for the Chinese government.

A representative from Huawei said the company "is aware of the situation and is looking into it".

Citing management rules in company contracts, Huawei said it "has made a decision to immediately terminate its employer relationship with Wang Weijing". United States officials are claiming Huawei is working with the Chinese government, allowing its equipment to be used by the government for spying on Western adversaries. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

A Polish security services spokesman said earlier the allegations were related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to the Chinese company.

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The US government alleges that Meng helped the company dodge sanctions on Iran. The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same.

Canada's arrest of Meng, and China's apparent retaliation in detaining up to 13 Canadian citizens in China, including a former diplomat Michael Kovrig and North Korean consultant Michael Spavor, has soured bilateral relations.

Huawei, founded by Ren Zhengfei-a former officer at China's People's Liberation Army-has been cited as a security risk in intelligence circles due to having close ties to the Chinese communist regime. An arrest of a Huawei executive in Poland for espionage might corroborate those concerns. Huawei has repeatedly dismissed claims that it is a Beijing tool, with company officials noting that it is an independent entity and has never been implicated in any spy rings - until now.

New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. have barred Huawei from involvement in their next-generation 5G mobile networks. Instead, many analysts in China have painted the attacks on Huawei as an attempt to thwart the rise of a Chinese technological giant, and insulate Western firms from competition.

But in Europe, Portugal's main operator MEO signed a deal with Huawei in December during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, praising the Chinese company's "know how, competence, talent and capacity to develop technology and invest in our country".

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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