Chinese Huawei employee arrested on spying charge in Poland

'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'

'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'

Some European countries have followed the US and began looking into whether using Huawei's technology could expose the country to China. Polish security agents searched both the offices of Huawei and Orange, seizing documents and electronic data.

Huawei is a leader in the development of next-generation "5G" mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe. The U.S. must submit an extradition hearing by the end of January.

Her arrest highlighted USA accusations that Huawei broke sanctions against Iran, but the US has also been pushing to try to curtail Huawei's influence, warning about the company's possible ties to Chinese intelligence and calling on countries to exclude the company as they build new 5G networks.

Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's Special Services agency, said the operation that resulted in the arrests of the two suspects had been underway for a long time.

He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland".

TVP said the men have not pleaded guilty and are refusing to give testimony in the case. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in jail, he said.

Poland's Internal Security Agency accuses Huawei's sales director in Poland of spying on behalf of China, arresting the Chinese citizen along with one other man.

According to the Polish state television, the Deputy Chinese Ambassador in Warsaw visited the Polish Foreign Ministry, calling for consular services to have access to the Chinese detainee.

A LinkedIn profile for a man named Stanislaw Wang appears to match details of the man described by Polish television.

A Huawei representative said the company was looking into the matter. The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

Huawei, in turn, said in a statement that it is "aware of the situation" and that it has "no comment for the time being".

The Chinese national is an employee of Huawei, Poland's public TV channel TVP said. The company added it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work, and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities.

In December, the chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the US. USA prosecutors have accused her of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating US sanctions.

Huawei has found itself in the centre of a trade war between the USA and China.

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