Poland arrests two over spying allegations, including Huawei employee

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Security services searched their homes and the offices of Huawei and Orange Polska, the Polish business of French mobile operator Orange SA.

The UK has not enacted a ban, but British telecom provider BT has said it will not use Huawei equipment in its new 5G network in the UK.

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".

It has also become involved in the US-China trade dispute after the arrest last month of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

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

He said no further details would be released about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing.

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TVPInfo named the two accused as Weijing W and Piotr D, in line with Polish law which prohibits the publications of full names of those detained. They'll both remain in custody for at least three months.

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

"On Tuesday, the ABW (Internal Security Agency) officials conducted actions, as a result of which, we handed over belongings of one of our employees", a spokesperson for the telecom said in an emailed statement.

The arrest might not have a big impact on broader trade tensions between China and the U.S., but it shows that "there will always be competition and acrimony related to Chinese tech companies", Benner said.

"We are extremely grateful for his contributions to Huawei Canada during the past seven and a half years and I personally want to take this opportunity to thank him for the dedication and valuable support he has provided to me during the time we worked together". They also arrested a Polish employee of the local subsidiary of European communications giant Orange.

Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his professional duties and that it was working with the country's security agency.

The Chinese government said it was "highly concerned" over reports of the arrest of a Chinese businessman for alleged espionage. The company's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was detained in Canada in December and faces charges that she violated United States trade sanctions.

This refusal to use Huawei's products come from the belief that doing so would pose "significant risks to national security" and potentially provide sensitive information back to Beijing through "backdoors" installed in Huawei products.

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