Huawei em­ployee, one other, ar­rested in Poland

Miami Herald - - WORLD | DEATHS - BY JOANNA BERENDT The New York Times

Pol­ish au­thor­i­ties ar­rested two peo­ple, in­clud­ing a Chi­nese em­ployee of the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant Huawei, and charged them with spy­ing for Bei­jing, of­fi­cials said Fri­day, as the United States and its al­lies move to re­strict the use of Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy be­cause of con­cerns that it is be­ing used for es­pi­onage.

The ar­rest of the Huawei em­ployee is al­most cer­tain to es­ca­late ten­sions be­tween Western coun­tries and China over the com­pany, which au­thor­i­ties in the United States have ac­cused of act­ing as an arm of the Chi­nese govern­ment and mak­ing equip­ment de­signed for spy­ing.

In De­cem­ber, the daugh­ter of Huawei’s founder was ar­rested in Canada at the re­quest of the United States, which said she had com­mit­ted fraud as part of a scheme to vi­o­late U.S. sanc­tions against com­pa­nies do­ing busi­ness with Iran.

It was un­clear whether the ar­rests in Poland had been re­quested by the United States. But a se­nior Western diplo­mat who was briefed on them said the Jus­tice De­part­ment had been work­ing with the Pol­ish govern­ment.

Europe is in­creas­ingly a bat­tle­ground in the fight over Huawei. The com­pany’s sales in the re­gion have been grow­ing, but many coun­tries there now face pres­sure to re­con­sider its pres­ence, par­tic­u­larly as con­struc­tion be­gins for the next-gen­er­a­tion wireless net­works known as 5G.

Huawei has long de­nied spy­ing for the Chi­nese govern­ment. The se­cond per­son ar­rested is an em­ployee of the French telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany Orange, which con­firmed that its of­fice had been raided and that the man’s be­long­ings had been seized.

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