BEIJING — The Chinese telecommunications large Huawei has fired an worker who was arrested in Poland on costs of spying for the Chinese authorities, saying in a press release late Saturday that the employee had introduced “disrepute” to the corporate.
Huawei stated that the alleged actions that the worker, Wang Weijing, had been accused of had nothing to do with the corporate.
“In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei’s labor contract, we have made this decision because the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute,” an organization spokesman, Joe Kelly, stated.
The Polish authorities introduced the arrests of Mr. Wang and a Polish telecommunications employee on Friday. That transfer got here at a time of rising concern among the many United States and its allies about Chinese expertise suppliers, and after the December arrest in Canada of Huawei’s chief monetary officer and the daughter of the corporate’s founder.
Huawei’s tools is used in cell phone and web networks world wide. But American officers have for years thought of the corporate to be weak to efforts by Beijing to spy on Americans or sabotage their communication techniques.
Huawei denies that it operates as an extension of Beijing. Still, as the corporate has grown to develop into the world’s high provider of telecommunications gear, the United States authorities has labored to discourage American cellular carriers and customers from shopping for its tools. Washington has shared its safety issues with allied governments in Europe and elsewhere.
On Dec. 1, Meng Wangzhou, Huawei’s chief monetary officer, was arrested in Canada on the request of the United States. American investigators have accused her of deceiving financial institutions about Huawei’s business in Iran, causing them to inadvertently violate United States sanctions. The Canadian legal authorities have not yet decided whether Ms. Meng will be extradited to the United States.
Diplomatic tensions between China and Canada jumped after Ms. Meng’s arrest, with Beijing detaining several Canadians in what were seen as tit-for-tat arrests. Among those still being held in China are Michael Kovrig, an experienced diplomat and Sinophile who had spent years investigating sensitive subjects like the human rights of minority groups in China; and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur with high-level contacts in North Korea.
The second person arrested by the Polish authorities this past week was an employee of Orange, the French telecommunications company. Orange’s office was raided, and the employee’s belongings were seized. Polish officials did not offer more details about what the two men were accused of, but said that they would be held for three months while the investigation continued.
Poland is Huawei’s headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region.
A LinkedIn profile for Mr. Wang showed he has been employed by Huawei’s Polish division since 2011 and previously served as attaché to the Chinese general consul in Gdansk from 2006 to 2011, according to Reuters.
Europe has been an important market for Huawei. Largely shut out of the United States, the company has found many eager customers in Europe, both for its smartphones and for its telecommunications equipment.
As cellular providers around the world prepare to build networks using fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology, Huawei has tested new equipment with a number of major European carriers.
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