Huawei sacks employee arrested for allegedly spying for China in Poland

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As word broke Friday that a Chinese citizen named Weijing Wang had been arrested in Poland for spying, it's likely few people in the United States even heard about it, much less realized the arrest may be closely monitored by conservative political operatives stateside, and possibly even have implications for the average person living in America.

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.

China's foreign ministry said it was "greatly concerned" by the reports, and urged Poland to handle the case "justly".

Counter intelligence services in Poland have arrested the sales director of Huawei on charges of spying while the local offices of the Chinese company were raided and searched, according to reports in the Polish media.

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

The Czech cybersecurity agency said that Chinese laws "force private companies with their headquarters in China to cooperate with intelligence services", which could make them "a threat" if involved with a country's key technology.

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A Huawei spokesman has said the company is aware of the arrest, but has made no further comment.

Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested December 1 in Canada on US charges related to possible violations on trade sanctions on Iran.

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.

Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sacked an employee arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying.

Germany has said it's considering restricting Huawei's role in its future telecom infrastructure, while Czech President Milos Zeman said on Friday China is preparing an economically damaging reprisal against his country after the authorities issued warnings about Huawei and risks it poses to security.

Huawei is a leader in the development of next-generation "5G" mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe.

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Huawei recently surpassed Apple to become the world's second-biggest smartphone maker behind only Samsung.

Orange Polska said in a statement security services had on Tuesday gathered materials related to an employee, whom it did not identify.

Trudeau did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to diplomatic immunity, but he reiterated that Canada was operating under the rule of law, saying that Meng was arrested because of an extradition request, but was out on bail and living in her Canadian home, and that all countries need to respect the rule of law.

The accusations add to Huawei's troubles of late as Western governments grow anxious that Huawei's systems could be used by Chinese intelligence.

In what was widely seen as retaliation by Beijing, two Canadians - a former diplomat and a business consultant - were detained in China on the grounds of national security.

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