Chinese Huawei employee arrested on spying charge in Poland

A Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei was arrested in Poland and charged with espionage on behalf of China

A Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei was arrested in Poland and charged with espionage on behalf of China

Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish cyber business specialist on allegations of spying, state news agency PAP said on Friday, deepening the controversy over Western criticism of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.

A spokesman for the agency, Stanislaw Zaryn, said the two were arrested on Tuesday.

The tech company has been a focal point of worldwide scrutiny, with several countries raising security concerns about its products.

TVP reported that Huawei's office in Poland had been searched by the AWB, along with the offices of Orange Polska where the Polish national reportedly worked.

Poland's public TV channel TVP reports that the Chinese national is a sales director at Chinese telecoms firm Huawei's Polish branch.

Some European governments and telecom companies are following the USA lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government.

He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland".

"We are aware of the situation, and we are looking into it". Huawei and Orange could not immediately be reached for comment.

Geopolitical tensions over Huawei intensified after its chief financial officer, who is the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested December 1 in Canada in connection with USA accusations that the company violated restrictions on sales of American technology to Iran.

U.S. intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd is linked to China's government and that its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by government spies.

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