Two Huawei employees arrested in Poland over spying allegations

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China's embassy has reached out to offer consular services to Wang, according to the South China Morning Post, which adds, "China's foreign ministry expressed grave concerns over the incident".

A spokesperson for Orange Polska told Reuters, "On Tuesday members of the internal security agency in Poland conducted procedures inquiring into one of our workers".

State TV identified the Polish man as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security, until 2011.

Last Tuesday (8 January), ABW counterintelligence officers entered the homes of both suspects and secured documents and electronic data at the premises of Huawei Poland, the Office of Electronic Communications and Orange Poland.

Recently, the Canadian government launched a new security assessment of Huawei's 5G technology previous year, and at least two large Canadian operators have indicated that they will launch small-scale investigations. Aside from routine spying, American officials are also concerned that China could simply turn off all communications in the USA if the New Cold War turned into a more dire situation where troops were deployed.

Huawei has been blocked in the USA since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment.

Historic French operator Orange has said that it won't use Huawei networks in France, but could very well do so in Spain and Poland. "We are asking the related country to deal with the case fairly based on laws" and protect the legitimate rights of the people, it said. He also said no further details would be released now about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing.

TVP said the men have not pleaded guilty and are refusing to give testimony in the case. A court has ordered the pair to be held for three months, and they face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The Chinese national is a former employee of the country's consulate in the Baltic Sea port of Gdansk, according to TVPInfo.

Weijing Wang is a Polish language graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University.

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Huawei said in a statement that Wang's "alleged actions have no relation to the company".

Norway's comments come at a time in the country is seeking to stamp out vulnerabilities in its telecoms networks.

Huawei's USA market dried up after a congressional panel said in 2012 the company and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE Corp. were potential security risks and told phone companies to avoid using their technology.

Huawei was caught in a major controversy recently after the arrest of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the company's founder, in Canada last month.

Huawei is one of the "tech" champions in China, and one of the more popular Chinese companies overseas.

The arrest comes just over a month after Canada detained Meng on a U.S. extradition request, a move that infuriated China, which warned Canada of "serious consequences".

Her arrest follows USA efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

There has been no public evidence that Huawei's equipment has been used for spying and the firm has repeatedly denied the claims, but several western countries have restricted Huawei's access to their markets and have pressured Canada to do the same.

Huawei has always maintained that, as a privately owned and operated firm, it does not pose a special security risk.

The law has been interpreted by western intelligence agencies as requiring any Chinese citizen or company linked to China to engage in espionage or to collect intelligence anywhere in the world if requested.

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