Poland arrests two over spying for China, including Huawei employee

Poland arrests two over spying for China, including Huawei employee

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WARSAW: Polish authorities have arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish man, who reportedly worked for Orange Polska, on charges of spying for Beijing, according to local media.

TV channel TVP said the two individuals were arrested on Tuesday after the Huawei and Orange Polska offices were searched.

“ABW (Internal Security Agency) officials conducted actions, as a result of which, we handed over belongings of one of our employees,” Orange Polska said in a statement.

The company added, “we have no knowledge if there is any relation of these actions to his professional duties. We are at ABW disposal and we are ready to provide any information that they request.”

Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesperson for the Polish security services told Reuters the country’s Internal Security Agency (ISA) detained a Chinese citizen and a former Polish security official over spying allegations and that the two men have heard charges and will be held for three months.

Zaryn said of the Chinese man: “this matter has to do with his actions, it doesn’t have anything to do with the company he works for”.

The detentions come amid the Chinese tech company coming under western scrutiny for being linked to China’s government and having equipment which could contain ‘backdoors’ for use by government spies.

No evidence has publically been produced over Huawei using such equipment.

Huawei said in a statement: “We are aware of the situation, and we are looking into it. We have no comment for the time being. 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.”

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

The detention came as part of an investigation into alleged violations of US trade sanctions.__EuroNews

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