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Wang Weijing, a Huawei employee in Poland, was arrested recently on spying allegations, creating more doubt around the Chinese telecom giant and the global race to commercialize 5G technology.
Huawei, China’s foreign ministry and Poland’s security services have made their stand on the arrest.
Huawei reacted fast. The company fired Wang on Saturday for “damaging Huawei’s international reputation” while denying any connection to the possible spying.
“Huawei complies with the law where we operate. We also require our employees to do the same,” the company said in a statement on the case.
China’s foreign ministry
The case also raised the attention of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who said they are “closely following the detention.” China’s embassy in Poland has asked the Polish government to provide details around the case.
Last month the ministry also made a statement on the arrest of another Huawei employee – Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of the company – in Canada.
She was bailed after being detained for 10 days with a financial pledge of about 7.5 million U.S. dollars.
A court in Poland has decided to detain Wang for three months, together with a Polish citizen who was also charged with spying.
If the allegations are proved, both men face 10 years in prison.
However, according to Reuters, Polish security services have confirmed the spying allegation only targets the two people as no direct link was found between the case and Huawei.
Wang’s position in Huawei
A Chinese telecom media website telcom.com.cn claimed they have insider information that Wang was the head of Huawei’s PR in Poland when arrested.