Poland Charges Huawei Manager With Spying for China

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Two Huawei employees had been arrested in Poland over allegations of spying for the Chinese government.

The development comes as the U.S. is exerting pressure on its allies not to use Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecommunications network equipment, over data security concerns.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat even went as far as praising Sai Mizzi, wife of Minister Konrad Mizzi whose allegations on money laundering have become too long to document, for introducing Huawei and its 5G network to Malta.

Reports have shown that the Chinese technology giant circumvented sanctions imposed on Iran and North Korea by providing them with telecommunications equipment that can be used to spy on their populations, otherwise known as "dual use technologies".

The accusations add to Huawei's troubles of late as Western governments grow anxious that Huawei's systems could be used by Chinese intelligence.

A Chinese businessman and a Pole have been arrested on suspicion of espionage in Poland.

Huawei said in a statement: "We are aware of the situation, and we are looking into it".

A year ago the company also said it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America.

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As word broke Friday that a Chinese citizen named Weijing Wang had been arrested in Poland for spying, it's likely few people in the United States even heard about it, much less realized the arrest may be closely monitored by conservative political operatives stateside, and possibly even have implications for the average person living in America.

If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison.

The pair was arrested by the country's Internal Security Agency on Tuesday and hit with espionage charges, according to a release from the agency. The US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Norway are among them.

In addition, Poland Internal Security Agency also arrested a Polish official who understands the Polish government's encrypted communication network infrastructure. "We have no comment for the time being".

The executive's arrest follows the arrest of Huawei's global chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018. She was arrested on suspicion of hiding her company's ties to Skycom, a small telecoms subsidiary that conducted business dealings in Iran in violation of USA trade sanctions. The company added it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work, and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it was "highly concerned" about the arrests. Until then, she's under strict bail conditions, which include electric monitoring and an around-the-clock security detail.