Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

China seeks consular access to detained Huawei employee

China seeks consular access to detained Huawei employee

The Chinese national arrested is Weijing W., who according to Polish authorities also used the names Stanisław, Staszek, and was Huawei's sales director in Poland.

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.

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

Polish media outlets said Piotr D is thought to be a former agent for Poland's ABW counter-intelligence service who is now working as a cyber-security consultant for the Polish branch of French mobile phone provider Orange.

A spokesman for the Polish security services said the allegations relate to individuals' actions and were not linked directly to Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd.

The Huawei arrest saga continues as another Huawei employee faces up to 10 years in jail after a recent arrest in Poland.

" It 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 news agency quotes Huawei as offering no comment, beyond saying that it is aware of the case and is monitoring the situation.

The Chinese foreign ministry said that they are very much concerned about these arrests. One of them is Polish while the other one is Chinese.

Poland's counterintelligence agency seized documents from the man's office and home.

Australia and New Zealand banned Huawei equipment from the planned 5G networks of carriers in the countries, and the head of British spy agency MI6 said last month the government needs to decide whether to ban the company.

The United States, which views China's growing strength in technology as a strategic threat, has lobbied allies to ban Huawei from 5G networks on security grounds.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom announced a deal with Huawei for its future 5G network in Poland, but hasn't said what it will do in Germany itself.

The Canadian government a year ago launched a new security review of Huawei's 5G technology, which at least two major Canadian carriers have said they plan to test in small-scale pilots.

Another Huawei executive has been arrested, this time in Poland on espionage charges, following the high-profile arrest of the company's chief financial officer on bank fraud charges in Canada last month.

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.

Ambassador Lu Shaye said on Wednesday that Canada's demand for the release of the two detained Canadians reflects "double standards" born of "western egotism and white supremacy".

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