Huawei sales director arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Huawei sales director arrested in Poland over spying allegations

While there's little to suggest any political motive, the Warsaw government is a staunch ally of the U.S. and the country is a prototype of Trump-style nationalism and protectionism.

Australia and New Zealand have also enacted similar bans, leaving Canada the only country in the "Five Eyes" intelligence network not to take steps against the Chinese firm.

But others, like Spain, Portugal and Hungary, have been more welcoming of Chinese involvement. Huawei has repeatedly said it's unaware of any wrongdoing by Meng.

"Europe is either dependent on China or the United States".

Polish state TV, which is close to the government, identified the Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei.

TVP reports that the Polish national, "Piotr D" was a former high-ranking member of Poland's internal security agency (AWB). The Chinese government said in a statement to the outlet it was "greatly concerned" by the arrest, and told Poland to handle the case "justly". If convicted, they face up to 10 years in jail, he said.

"This specific investigation concerns two people. These are two separate issues".

Wang's resume said he worked at China's General Consulate in Gdansk from 2006-2011 and at Huawei Enterprise Poland since 2011, where he was first director of public affairs and since 2017 the "sales director of public sector".

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.

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. The Eastern European country's officers have seized documents from both Huawei's and Orange's offices.

While the details of their alleged espionage have not yet been made public, a spokesman for Poland's security services has told Reuters that the allegations are related to individual actions, not directly related to Huawei.

The arrests mark escalating concerns among western governments about the Chinese company's activities. Extradition to the U.S. has already begun for a warrant alleging sanctions violations in trade with Iran. US prosecutors have accused her of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating USA sanctions.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver while transiting to Mexico on December 1st, 2018 by Canadian authorities.

Huawei has always maintained that, as a privately owned and operated firm, it does not pose a special security risk. It has said it would "never tolerate such behaviour by any of our staff".

Huawei is a large maker of smartphones and telecommunications equipment. However, they refused to provide any further clarification.

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