Huawei employees arrested do not admit to committing espionage.
According to Polish media reports on November 11, the Polish National Security Agency arrested a Chinese citizen and a Polish citizen, accusing them of espionage for Chinese institutions. Polish state television said the Chinese citizen was a Huawei employee. Relevant personages from the Chinese Embassy in Poland told the Global Times that China is highly concerned about the incident and requests Poland to ensure the legitimate rights, interests, security and humanitarian treatment of the parties.
Polish local media reported the incident on important pages on November 11. Polish Public Television (TVP) said the arrested Huawei employees were the companys sales director in Poland.
Screenshot of Polish Public Television (TVP) Report
AFP reported that the Chinese Foreign Ministry had expressed great concern over the arrest of Chinese citizens. The Chinese Embassy in Poland told the Global Times that the Embassy had made an appointment with the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the first time and asked the Polish side to inform the Chinese side as soon as possible about the incident, arrange consular visits as soon as possible, and handle the matter fairly and properly according to law.
In response to the arrest of employees, Huawei said on the 11th that it had received relevant information and was in the process of further investigation, without further comment. Huawei said that the company has always complied with all applicable laws and regulations in the country where it operates and required all employees to abide by the laws and regulations in the country where it operates.
Screenshot of Huawei Weibo in China
The Polish PAP News Agency reported that another suspect, named Piot D, was a former senior official of the Polish National Security Agency and had access to sensitive information, including a communication system within the Polish government to transmit confidential information. This person is well known in Polish IT circle. Reported that the two men were accused of spying on Poland, but the details of the charges were not released. Polish radio said that if convicted, the two men could be sentenced to 10 yearsimprisonment. In addition, the case was mainly investigated by the Polish National Security Bureau and supervised by the Simazovsky Provincial Branch of the Warsaw State Prosecutors Office for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption. At present, neither of them has pleaded guilty.
The two men were arrested on the 8th on suspicion of working for Chinese institutions and hurting Poland, AFP said Wednesday. He also disclosed that the arrested Polish citizens were suspected of working for multiple state institutions. According to Reuters, a spokesman for the Polish Secret Service also told the media that the acts of the two men were personal and had no direct connection with Huawei. PAP News Agency said that Vassik, deputy director of Polands special service bureau, said the investigation had been going on for some time and was handled very carefully.
Screenshots of Reuters reports
According to reports, Polish National Security Agency personnel searched the homes of the two arrested persons on the 8th. They also seized documents and electronic data from Huawei and Piots Orange Communications office in Poland. Piots former Polish Telecom Office was also searched. Orange, a French Telecom operator, spokeswoman for the company in Poland, said, The Polish security department has taken some information from one of our employees. We dont know whether it is related to his job or not. We remain in communication with the Polish National Security Agency and are ready to provide any information. ?
South China Morning Post said on November 11 that Poland is the headquarters of Companies in Central and Eastern Europe and Nordic Europe. Huawei also set up a joint innovation center in Poland, specializing in over-calculation research. In Poland, Huawei has the highest sales of smartphones, and also supplies equipment for its 5G network through T-Mobile Poland. In addition, Huawei also cooperated with Orange Poland to conduct a 5G urban test. But last December, T-Mobile Poland said it would review its supplier strategy.
Some international media have linked the arrest of Huawei employees to recent allegations of siege in several countries. Norwegian Justice Minister Walla said in an interview with Reuters on September 9 that the Norwegian government is considering whether to join the ranks of the United States and the United Kingdom, excluding Huawei, a Chinese mobile network service provider, from participating in Norways new 5G network construction. Swedish newspaper Industry Today said on November 11 that Sweden is also investigating which companies can participate in Swedish 5G construction, but Huawei has not yet been ruled out.
Many allegations are not substantiated, said German newspaper South Deutsche. At the request of the United States, first Australia, New Zealand and Japan, then Britain and Czech Republic, more and more countries warned Huawei of its security risks, but no evidence of misconduct was found.
A Chinese expert on international issues told the Global Times on November 11 that the arrest in Poland may have a shadow of the United States. Poland has been trying hard to please the United States in recent years, hoping that Latin America will set up military bases in Poland against Russia. Therefore, it is not excluded that Poland should take such public action to show the United States. The South China Morning Post quoted Prikdeniak, a China analyst at the Polish Association for International Affairs, as saying that the arrest was unexpected, but should not be seen as part of Europes concerns about China. I dont think its collaborative action. These are two separate issues: legitimate concerns about 5G network security and criminal cases in Poland.
Foreigner: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded late at night to the detention of Huawei employees in Poland, revealing the identity of the detainees!
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the detention of a Huawei Polish company employee by the Polish Internal Security Bureau on the 8th as follows:
China attaches great importance to Wang Weijings detention by the Polish Internal Security Bureau. The Chinese Embassy in Poland has made an appointment with the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the first time. It requests the Polish side to inform the Chinese side as soon as possible about the case, arrange consular visits as soon as possible, handle the case in accordance with the law, fairly and appropriately, and ensure the legitimate rights, interests, safety and humanitarian treatment of the parties.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Gu Ying_NN6577