China's Huawei 'fires' employee arrested in Poland

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A Huawei executive arrested in Poland on charges of spying for China has been fired by the Chinese tech company. But some European governments and telecom companies are following the USA lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government.

Huawei is facing increasing pressure across the European Union amid growing concerns that Beijing could use the company's equipment for spying, something executives have denied.

High-ranking American officials have warned for some time that Huawei's relationship with the Chinese government is cause for concern and that the company's technology could be used to spy on American citizens.

Wang Weijing was detained by Polish authorities yesterday alongside an Orange employee, who is reportedly a former agent in Poland's security service.

Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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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Poland's counterintelligence agency is believed to have searched Huawei's Poland headquarters, a local Orange branch, and the houses of both suspects.

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

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

Huawei's US market dried up after a congressional panel said in 2012 the company and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE Corp. were potential security risks and told phone companies to avoid using their technology.

An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw said China attaches "great importance to the detention" of the Chinese citizen in Poland and that Chinese envoys had met with Polish Foreign Ministry officials to urge them to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible".

The arrest comes just over a month after Canada detained Meng on a United States extradition request, a move that infuriated China, which warned Canada of "serious consequences".

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Wang and a former Polish security official were detained by the Polish intelligence agency on Friday in Poland.

Britain's Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson meanwhile said he had "grave, very deep concerns about Huawei providing the 5G network in Britain".

The director of government company Safe City Malta (who is also head of the Malta Financial Services Authority) Joseph Cuschieri said discussions had to be held with the Data Protection Commissioner to explain plans for a Huawei-sponsored idea for a "safe city" linking up facial recognition CCTV cameras to identity databases.

Weijing Wang is a Polish language graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Most of Canada's allies in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have banned the Chinese telco from their emerging 5G networks, the next evolution in wireless internet technology. She was granted bail by the Canadian supreme court in December 2018. Huawei has even hosted nearly 60 engineering students from Canada for work-study getaways to China through its global "Seeds for the Future" program.

The Canadian government previous year launched a new security review of Huawei's 5G technology, which at least two major Canadian carriers have said they plan to test in small-scale pilots.

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