Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland on spy charges

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Polish state television reported Friday that the country's Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at tech company Huawei in Poland and a Polish man who is one of its own former officers with spying for China.

Poland's Internal Security Agency has detained a high-ranking employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei on suspicions of spying for China.

Both men are said to have denied any wrongdoing, but many western countries are beginning to think again about using Huawei's telecoms equipment because of security concerns.

Mr Wang did not immediately respond to a request for comment via the social media site.

The two individuals were arrested on Tuesday following a lengthy investigation, a spokesman for the security services told the BBC.

The Orange employee, "Piotr D.", reportedly had access to a government network used for confidential communications, and was a former agent with Poland's Internal Security Agency, the ABW. If they are found guilty, they 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.

Last year, The Australian newspaper reported officials in the land "Down Under" had received reports about Chinese spies using Huawei to infiltrate a "foreign network".

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

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 Polish state news agency, PAP, said the man had also held top cybersecurity positions at the Interior Ministry and the Office of Electronic Communications, a regulatory body. Meng was released on bail four weeks ago and is living under restrictions in her million-dollar Vancouver home.

Polish authorities detained Wang Weijing and a former Polish security official over the allegations, which could intensify Western security concerns about Huawei and its relations with the Chinese government.

Huawei is a major supplier of telecommunications equipment in Canada, where Bradley had served as chair of the 5G Canada Council, a national trade group promoting adoption of next-generation high-speed wireless technology. That makes Huawei the second largest smartphone vendor in Poland.

Ties between the United States and China have become increasingly strained since Canadian authorities arrested a Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, in December at the request of U.S. authorities.

Australia and New Zealand have also enacted similar bans, leaving Canada the only country in the "Five Eyes" intelligence network not to take steps against the Chinese firm. Huawei has even hosted nearly 60 engineering students from Canada for work-study getaways to China through its global "Seeds for the Future" program.

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