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.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, the Polish National Security Agency (ABW) arrested a Polish citizen, Piotr Durbajlo, and an employee of Huawei Polish Company, accusing them of espionage, according to the Polish News Agency (PAP). According to many sources, the Chinese citizen involved in the case is Wang Weijing, Minister of Public Relations of Huawei Poland Limited.
Screenshots of Polish National Television (TVP) Report Source: World Wide Web
The Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported that Piot D, a former senior official of the Polish National Security Agency, 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.
According to Maciej Wasik, a head of Polish intelligence, the National Security Agency has searched Huaweis local office. On Thursday, Polish courts decided to detain the two men for three months. If the charges are finally established, they will face up to 10 yearsimprisonment.
In response, Huawei said: We have received relevant information and are in the process of further understanding. There is no further comment on this for the time being. Huawei 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.
The Global Times quoted a Chinese expert on international issues as saying 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.
On the evening of November 11, Global Times published an editorial entitled Huawei employees as spies in Poland? Logic doesnt make sense.
The editorial said that Polands arrest of Huawei employees in the name of spying was both sudden and not sudden. This is because recently the United States is trying to turn its crackdown on Huawei into a campaign to expand its allies, with European countries and Asia-Pacific allies of the United States continuing to be involved in this matter. But its the first time Huawei employees have engaged in espionage, and it happened in Poland.
Did Poland catch any evidence that Huawei employees were engaged in espionage activities? Would this be a Polish injustice to please the United States? None of this can be answered in the first place. We can only do some logical analysis from the common sense.
Huawei is a top global telecommunications technology giant. What technology or business intelligence does Poland have that Huawei can seize through espionage activities? Polands communications technology is not developed enough and its market size is limited. Huawei has long been accused by the United States from the perspective of national security and its core interests are to maintain its reputation. Can the value of technology or business intelligence in a country like Poland match the risks it implies?
Huawei has long focused on legitimacy and standardization. It has a global ambition. Europe is its important overseas market. Maintaining technological leadership and resolutely operating in accordance with the law is the lifeline of its invincible position. Cashing interests in Poland by illegal means is very harmful to the company, which is contrary to its operating principles and fundamental interests.
In addition to technology and business intelligence, there is also a kind of intelligence for geopolitics, but it is even more incredible for Huawei employees to collect that kind of intelligence. There wont be a multinational company that allows its subordinates and employees to travel through geopolitical muddy waters.
It is the shadow of the United States behind Polands efforts to catch Huawei employees, which is a more doubtful direction. Overall, Polands relations with China have developed smoothly in recent years, while the country is highly pro-American. New developments in the past two years have been that it, as a member of NATO, is fighting for the United States to send troops to Poland. After Canada helped the United States catch the boat in Bangladesh, the Sino-Canadian relations deteriorated seriously. People who caught Huawei were highly sensitive, but there was a possibility that Poland could win the praise of the United States.
Late in the night of Beijing time on November 11, Poland declared that the arrested Huawei employees and the Polish work for Chinese institutions and harm Polish interests. If Huawei employees are mixed with Chinese spies which are not related to Huaweis business interests, this is an unacceptable risk to Huawei and the Chinese government.
It has been reported that the employee graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University, studied Polish, worked in the Chinese diplomatic agency in Poland, and later joined the Huawei team to develop the market of Huawei in Poland. If he is collecting intelligence for China, why risk giving up the protection of diplomats and damaging top multinational companies in China? What a foolish institution and individual to make such a choice!
We call on the Polish authorities to show the world evidence that Huawei employees are engaged in espionage activities. Warsaw should be aware of the threat it poses to Huawei by what it does. When Huawei was persecuted by the United States and the Sino-US economic and trade disputes were highly complex, the whole world was linking the Polish arrest of Huawei employees with the above-mentioned whirlpool. It is precisely because of this that the case immediately attracted the attention of global public opinion.
Will Poland handle this matter fairly and legally? The impression is that Poland is already standing in line at the moment when Huawei employees are in high profile. It is hoped that Poland will prove itself not in a convincing way.
In 2018, Huawei began to receive frequent security criticism, especially from member countries of the Five-Eye Alliance, which launched blockades against Huawei. New Zealand, Australia and the United States have banned Huawei one after another, and Britain, a member of the Five-Eye Intelligence Alliance, is ambiguous. Canada, at the request of the United States, detained Meng Wanzhou, Vice President of Huawei, at the end of last year.
On December 27, 2018, Guo Ping, Chairman-in-Office of Huawei, said in his New Years speech in 2019, Every major event has calm momentum. We should deal with the uncertainty of international politics with the certainty of legal compliance.
Guo Ping believes that globalization is the rule of law, and legal compliance and global compliance are the most important foundation for Huawei to survive, serve and contribute in the world. The vicious events and setbacks that do not happen for a moment depress our spirit of leading the world. We will be more frustrated and brave, on the contrary, these extreme injustices have pushed us to the first place in the world. Guo Ping concluded his New Years speech with a poem: When a boat sinks, sails will pass by. Sometimes, when we ride the wind and break the waves, any hardships and hardships will stop us from moving forward. Source: Editor-in-Charge of the Governor of Changan Street: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541
Guo Ping believes that globalization is the rule of law, and legal compliance and global compliance are the most important foundation for Huawei to survive, serve and contribute in the world. The vicious events and setbacks that do not happen for a moment depress our spirit of leading the world. We will be more frustrated and brave, on the contrary, these extreme injustices have pushed us to the first place in the world.
Guo Ping concluded his New Years speech with a poem: When a boat sinks, sails will pass by. Sometimes, when we ride the wind and break the waves, any hardships and hardships will stop us from moving forward.