Huawei fires man held for spy­ing

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD -

HONG KONG: Chi­nese telecoms equip­ment maker Huawei said yes­ter­day it sacked a Chi­nese em­ployee who was ar­rested on spy­ing charges in Poland, as the com­pany sought to dis­tance it­self from the in­ci­dent.

Pol­ish au­thor­i­ties de­tained Wang Wei­jing and a for­mer Pol­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cial on Fri­day over the al­le­ga­tions, which could in­ten­sify West­ern se­cu­rity con­cerns about Huawei and its re­la­tions with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment.

Huawei said Wang’s “al­leged ac­tions have no re­la­tion to the com­pany” and he was sacked “be­cause the in­ci­dent has brought Huawei into dis­re­pute.” A Pol­ish se­cu­rity ser­vices spokesper­son said the al­le­ga­tions were re­lated to in­di­vid­ual ac­tions, and were not linked di­rectly to Huawei.

Huawei faces in­tense scru­tiny in the West over its re­la­tion­ship with Beijing and US-led al­le­ga­tions that its equip­ment could be used by China for spy­ing. Poland’s in­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter, Joachim Brudzin­ski, said the EU and Nato should work on a joint po­si­tion on whether to ex­clude Huawei from their mar­kets. |

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