EU, NATO should agree on joint position towards Huawei: Poland

14 January, 2019, 06:15 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Huawei says it's aware of the investigation

The Chinese tech giant has fired Weijing Wang, an employee arrested in Poland over spying allegations despite security officials saying the espionage wasn't directly tied to Huawei, according to Engadget.

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.

Mr. Bradley, a former BCE Inc. executive, joined Huawei after he was defeated as a Liberal candidate in the 2011 general election and he strived to cultivate a favourable reputation for the Chinese telecom in Canada and to counter the perception it was closely linked to China's authoritarian government. Wang Weijing, the company's sales director in Poland, was detained of Friday along with a former Polish security official.

Poland's cyber-security chief, Karol Okonski, told RMF Radio that ideally the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would be "as consistent as possible" on Huawei.

The Polish suspect in the case, Piotr D., was an officer in the Internal Security Agency until 2011, according to TVP Info, which says he was an adviser to the head of the special service who also had expertise about the network Poland's government uses to share sensitive information.

Local media identified the Chinese man as a Huawei director. If found guilty they could face 10 years in jail.

Huawei, the biggest maker of telecom network equipment, faces accusations by the United States and some other governments that it might be a security risk.

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A Huawei representative said the company was looking into the matter and declined to comment further.

The two men were arrested on Tuesday and are suspected of having "worked for Chinese services and to the detriment of Poland", said Polish special services spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn. Polish security agents also searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland's leading communications provider, where the former Polish spy recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data.

The two Huawei arrests follows Huawei being blocked from involvement in the 5G rollouts in a string of western nations, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, while intelligence services in Britain and Canada have also announced reviews into Huawei.

Bowater said the GCSB had still not spoken to Huawei directly about the reasons why Spark's proposal was declined, which he said would be helpful.

Orange Polska worked with Huawei a year ago on introducing the latest fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network in the country of 38 million.

Meng's December 1 arrest infuriated China, which warned Canada of "serious consequences".

Another Huawei executive has been arrested, this time in Poland on espionage charges, following the high-profile arrest of the company's chief financial officer on bank fraud charges in Canada last month.

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