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Poland arrests Huawei employee on spying charges | World

According to Polish public broadcaster TVP the Chinese company's sales director in Poland, Weijing Wang was arrested and accused of spying against Poland for China, however, the details of the charges were not released. The U.S. has been pushing European governments to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade between the world's two biggest economies.

The company is a leader in the development of next-generation "5G" mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe but some countries are starting to reconsider using Huawei's equipment over data security concerns.

The arrest came as result because of the fears that Huawei can be used for spying on the behalf of the Chinese government when used to build a country's communications infrastructure. Wang did not immediately respond to a request for comment via the social media site.

The 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.

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It said that the pair had been charged under Polish laws relating to espionage and Polish state news agency PAP said that they would be detained for three months. 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 issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters saying it was aware of the situation in Poland and was looking into it.

The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "greatly concerned" and that it expects Poland to "justly" manage the case.

While one was identified as the Huawei employee, the other was described as a Polish citizen and former security official.

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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.

Past year it held talks with Poland's government about setting up a science-and-technology center near Warsaw, and is working local units of French mobile operator Orange SA and Germany's Deutsche Telekom to set up fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks. Weijing W.'s face has been blurred out of news reports in Poland and China, but the executive was pictured representing Huawei at a conference in 2017.

Wang reportedly worked at a Chinese consulate in Gdansk from 2006 to 2011, and he's been at Huawei since then.

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 Chinese national is a sales director while the Polish is a former high-ranking official at Poland's internal security agency.

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Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie has previously confirmed its proposal would have seen Huawei staff install as well as supply 5G access equipment on its cellphone towers.

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