Poland seeks joint stance on Huawei

New Straits Times - - BUSINESS -

HONG KONG/WAR­SAW: Chi­nese telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment maker Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Inc said on Satur­day it had sacked an em­ployee ar­rested in Poland on spy­ing charges in a case that could in­ten­sify Western se­cu­rity con­cerns about the com­pany.

Poland’s in­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter, Joachim Brudzin­ski, called for the Euro­pean Union and North At­lantic Treaty Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Nato) to work on a joint po­si­tion over whether to ex­clude Huawei from their mar­kets fol­low­ing the ar­rest of the Chi­nese em­ployee and a for­mer Pol­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cial on Fri­day. The two men have heard the charges and could be held for three months.

Huawei faces in­tense scru­tiny in the West on its re­la­tion­ship with China’s gov­ern­ment and United States-led al­le­ga­tions that its de­vices could be used by Bei­jing for spy­ing.

The firm has re­peat­edly de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions, but sev­eral Western coun­tries have re­stricted Huawei’s ac­cess to their mar­kets.

In Au­gust, 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 firms from do­ing so.

Brudzin­ski 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 sense to have a joint stance among EU mem­ber states and Nato mem­bers,” he told broad­caster RMF FM.

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Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Inc is fac­ing in­tense scru­tiny in the West on its re­la­tion­ship with China’s gov­ern­ment and United States-led al­le­ga­tions that its de­vices could be used by Bei­jing for spy­ing.

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