Huawei has drawn global scrutiny for its alleged capacity to carry out Beijing’s espionage. (Reuters: Philippe Wojazer)
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei says it has sacked a Chinese employee who was arrested on spying charges in Poland, as the company sought to distance itself from the incident.
- Huawei has sacked a Chinese employee arrested on spying charges in Poland
- Polish security services spokesman has said the allegations were not directly linked to Huawei
- Huawei is facing international scrutiny over security concerns about it’s technology
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 said in a statement that Wang’s “alleged actions have no relation to the company”.
“In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei’s labour contract, we have made this decision because the incident has brought Huawei into disrepute,” the statement said.
A Polish security services spokesman said earlier the allegations were related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to the Chinese company.
The two men have heard the charges and could be held for three months.
A Huawei spokesman, Joe Kelly, declined to give any further details.
Western powers fear Huawei’s links to Beijing
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhuo was detained in Vancouver for allegedly breaking US sanctions on Iran. (The Canadian Press via AP: Darryl Dyck)
Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with Beijing and US-led allegations that its equipment could be used by China for spying.
No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the accusations, but several Western countries have restricted Huawei’s access to their markets.
In August the Australian Government banned Huawei from taking part in the rollout of 5G mobile infrastructure over national security concerns.
In February, FBI director Chris Wray expressed his “deep concern” about Huawei’s potential to “exert pressure or control” over US infrastructure to a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
“Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based,” the company’s statement added.
In Warsaw, Poland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, said the European Union and NATO should work on a joint position on whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.
“There are concerns about Huawei within NATO as well. It would make most sense to have a joint stance, among EU member states and NATO members,” he told private broadcaster RMF FM.
“We want relations with China that are good, intensive and attractive for both sides.”
A LinkedIn profile for Mr Wang showed he has worked for Huawei’s Polish division since 2011 and previously served as attache to the Chinese General Consul in Gdansk from 2006-2011.
Mr Wang did not immediately respond to a request for comment via the social media site.
China’s Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the case and is urging Poland to handle the case “justly”.