Poland arrests Huawei employee amid syping allegations

A Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei was arrested in Poland and charged with espionage on behalf of China

A Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei was arrested in Poland and charged with espionage on behalf of China

In 2017, he was appointed sales director of Huawei's Polish operations. A company statement said Wang was sacked because the incident "brought Huawei into disrepute", a violation of his contract.

Huawei, founded by Ren Zhengfei-a former officer at China's People's Liberation Army-has been cited as a security risk in intelligence circles due to having close ties to the Chinese communist regime. Other countries have concerns too: It has been prevented from supplying next-generation 5G equipment to Australia and New Zealand.

And in December, Huawei's CFO was arrested by Canadian police, amid allegations she broke sanctions on selling equipment to Iran - something the firm again denied.

Both men's homes had also been searched during the investigation.

The pair are set to remain in custody for at least three months and apparently face up to ten years in prison.

Polish state TV reported both have declared themselves innocent.

The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for a response to the reports.

A Huawei spokesperson told WSJ that the company is aware of the situation and is looking into it, adding that it requires employees to complies with the country's laws and regulations.

Huawei said that Bradley will now serve as a "special consultant" to the company and help them according to the company's requirements.

But unlike Meng, who was detained for possible extradition to the U.S., Wang is suspected of conducting espionage against Poland.

The arrest might not have a big impact on broader trade tensions between China and the US, but it shows that "there will always be competition and acrimony related to Chinese tech companies", Benner said.

It is the leading telecommunications infrastructure company in the world and its smartphones are second only to Samsung in terms of global sales.

In December, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada due to alleged violations of U.S. trade sections and is now facing extradition to the United States. On top of general distrust sparked by Western governments and intelligence agencies, CFO Wangzhou Meng is facing extradition to the United States over accusations she helped avoid sanctions. Huawei said there was no evidence of any wrongdoing. Aside from routine spying, American officials are also concerned that China could simply turn off all communications in the US if the New Cold War turned into a more dire situation where troops were deployed.

The FTC's argument that Qualcomm is allegedly harming competition, however, has frustrated some conservatives, who say not only does it appear the independent agency is favoring Chinese interests over American businesses, but the FTC's case goes against the ideas of free-market capitalism. If the Huawei executive is extradited to the U.S., experts warn USA businesses in China could face retaliation.

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