Chinese Huawei Executive Arrested in Poland Over Spying Charge as Tensions Build

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Polish state TV identified the arrested Pole as Piotr D, saying he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency, Poland's domestic counterintelligence agency, until 2011, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security.

In this January 9 photo, a security guard stands near the Huawei company logo during a new product launching event in Beijing.

One of them is Polish while the other one is Chinese.

Orange, a leading telecommunications company in Poland, says it's cooperating with the Polish security services who say a Polish employee at the company and a Chinese manager for tech giant Huawei have been accused of spying on Poland for China.

Huawei said in a terse statement that it was "aware of the situation" and "looking into it".

The Huawei employee detained in Poland is a Chinese citizen responsible for sales to public sector clients, television news channel TVPInfo said on Friday.

The two individuals were arrested on Tuesday following a lengthy investigation, a spokesman for the security services told the BBC. The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "highly concerned" about the arrest.

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Huawei rotating chairman Guo Ping in late December complained that his company was being subjected to "incredibly unfair treatment".

Huawei has been iced out of bidding on massive contracts for American, British, and Australian communications infrastructure like upcoming 5G networks.

"Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based", the company's statement added. Meng was released on bail four weeks ago and is living under restrictions in her million-dollar Vancouver home.

Huawei, founded by Ren Zhengfei-a former officer at China's People's Liberation Army-has been cited as a security risk in intelligence circles due to having close ties to the Chinese communist regime.

In mid-August, Washington enacted legislation banning United States government agencies from using Huawei products amid concerns that the company's mobile phones "pose an unacceptable risk to the [Pentagon's] personnel, information and mission".

Huawei, as CNN reports, is one of the foremost telecom companies in China, selling more phones than Apple, with an interest in branching out into a larger, global market. Previous year the company said it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America.

No evidence has been made public yet, but the allegations led several western countries to restrict Huawei access to their markets.

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