Poland calls for 'joint' EU-Nato stance on Huawei af­ter spy­ing ar­rest

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Poland’s in­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter has called for the EU and Nato to take a “joint stance” on Huawei af­ter an em­ployee of the Chi­nese telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment maker was ar­rested on spy­ing charges.

Huawei on Satur­day sacked the Chi­nese em­ployee, Wang Wei­jing, fol­low­ing his ar­rest and that of a for­mer Pol­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cial on Fri­day. The two men could be held for three months.

Poland’s in­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter, Joachim Brudz­iński, called for the Euro­pean Union and Nato to work on a joint po­si­tion over whether to ex­clude Huawei from their mar­kets.

Brudz­iński said Poland wanted to con­tinue co­op­er­at­ing with China but that a dis­cus­sion was needed on whether to ex­clude Huawei from some mar­kets.

“There are con­cerns about Huawei within Nato as well. It would make most sense to have a joint stance, among EU mem­ber states and Nato mem­bers,” he told broad­caster RMF FM.

“We want re­la­tions with China that are good, in­ten­sive and at­trac­tive for both sides,” he added.

Huawei, the world’s big­gest pro­ducer of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, is fac­ing in­tense scru­tiny in the west over its re­la­tion­ship with China’s gov­ern­ment.

In Au­gust, the US pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump, signed a bill that barred the US gov­ern­ment from us­ing Huawei equip­ment and is con­sid­er­ing an ex­ec­u­tive or­der that would also ban US com­pa­nies from do­ing so.

In De­cem­ber, Huawei ex­ec­u­tive Meng Wanzhou was ar­rested in Canada at the re­quest of the US, which wants her ex­tra­dited to face charges that she mis­led banks about the com­pany’s busi­ness deal­ings in Iran.

Seek­ing to dis­tance it­self from the Pol­ish in­ci­dent, Huawei on Satur­day said in a state­ment it had sacked Wang, whose “al­leged ac­tions have no re­la­tion to the com­pany”.

“In ac­cor­dance with the terms and con­di­tions of Huawei’s labour con­tract, we have made this de­ci­sion be­cause the in­ci­dent has brought Huawei into dis­re­pute,” the state­ment said.

“Huawei com­plies with all ap­pli­ca­ble laws and reg­u­la­tions in the coun­tries where it op­er­ates, and we re­quire ev­ery em­ployee to abide by the laws and reg­u­la­tions in the coun­tries where they are based.”

A spokesman for the Pol­ish se­cu­rity ser­vices had told Reuters the al­le­ga­tions re­lated to in­di­vid­ual ac­tions, and were not linked di­rectly to Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Cos Ltd.

A deputy dig­i­tal af­fairs min­is­ter in Poland said, how­ever, that War­saw was analysing any in­volve­ment by Huawei in build­ing the coun­try’s 5G telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture, Money.pl por­tal re­ported.

A LinkedIn pro­file for 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. Wang did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment via the social me­dia site.

A spokesper­son for the Chi­nese em­bassy in Poland said the em­bassy had met with the Pol­ish min­istry for for­eign af­fairs over the de­ten­tion of a Chi­nese cit­i­zen and had re­quested that the Chi­nese side is briefed on the mat­ter and con­sular vis­its be ar­ranged as soon as pos­si­ble.

China res­o­lutely op­poses “de­lib­er­ate smear­ing” and “un­war­ranted fab­ri­ca­tion” with no fac­tual ba­sis, its state­ment said, with­out spec­i­fy­ing what it was re­fer­ring to. The em­bassy will fully pro­tect the le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests of Chi­nese cit­i­zens, the spokesper­son said.

Pho­to­graph: Kacper Pem­pel/Reuters

Huawei’s of­fices in War­saw. The com­pany said the em­ployee’s ac­tions ‘have no re­la­tion to the com­pany’.

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