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.
Foreign media have pointed out that Poland is Huaweis stronghold in Europe. At the same time, in recent years, the country is in the position of outpost to Russia in Europe. The government relies heavily on NATO, but there are also voices that the arrest incident is relatively independent and will not hinder Huaweis progress in Europe.
This matter has attracted the attention of the European Commission. According to Polskie Radio 24, a spokesman for the European Commission said on November 11, The European Commission will contact the Polish authorities for more information about this incident.
Polish Intelligence Officers Disclosure of Arrested Persons, @Six U.S. Departments
According to the Wall Street Journal on November 11, the Polish government initially did not disclose the identity of the arrested Chinese citizen, calling him the sales director of a large electronics company, while another Polish captured was well-known in the network service circle. The two men were arrested in Warsaw on 8 January. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 10 yearsimprisonment.
Information Map of Two Arrested Persons
Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Polish Intelligence Service on November 11 as saying that the acts of the two persons are personal acts. At present, the Polish National Security Department has intervened in the case, and neither of them has pleaded guilty.
According to the report, the arrested Pole is Piotr Durbajlo, a former senior official of the Polish National Security Bureau, who has served in the Polish Office of Orange, the French telecommunications operator, since 2017.
According to LinkedIn, Piot served in the Polish government for a long time from 2000 to 2017. He has 10 years of experience in intelligence work and currently holds positions in several Polish universities. But Piots resume does not mention his experience at Orange, calling him a telecom consultant.
On the other hand, CCTV News Client News reported on the 11th that according to various sources, the Chinese citizen involved is Wang Weijing, Minister of Public Relations of Huawei Poland Limited.
Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for the Polish National Intelligence Agency, announced the identity of the arrested person on Twitter on November 11, and gave all six departments, including the CIA, FBI and State Department, a visit to the Internet.
So far, Polish security authorities have searched the homes of two arrested persons. Meanwhile, Huaweis office in Poland and Orange Communications, Piots company, were searched and documents seized.
Huawei responded in the evening of November 11: We have received relevant information and are in the process of getting to know more about it. There is no further comment on it for the time being. Huawei has always complied with all applicable laws and regulations of the country in which it operates, and required all employees to abide by the laws and regulations of the country in which it operates.
Poland is Huaweis European stronghold
According to the Wall Street Journal, Poland is Huaweis stronghold in Europe. China News Agency has introduced that Huawei has entered the Polish market since 2004. In 2008, Huawei set up its Northeast Europe Division in Warsaw, Poland, to serve 26 countries and regions in Central and Eastern Europe and Nordic Europe.
At the beginning of 2015, Huaweis smartphone market share in Poland was only 1.3%. In the past four years, the market share has increased continuously, rising to 23% in 2017. As of June 2018, Huaweis smartphone market share in Poland reached 36%, 10 percentage points higher than Samsungs, making it the largest smartphone seller in the country, according to market research firm GfK.
In December last year, T-Mobile Telecom, a German telecommunications subsidiary, announced that with Huaweis support, it had launched its first full-featured 5G network in Eastern European countries, becoming the leader of the 5G network in Polands domestic market.
Li Junfeng, Polish CEO of Huawei, has pointed out that Poland is located in the central region of Europe, has a good geographical advantage and is the only EU country to maintain positive GDP growth during the European economic crisis.
On the other hand, in recent years, Polands right-wing forces have sprung up. As an outpost to Russia, Poland is also one of the few iron NATO countries in Europe. Last September, Polish President Du arrived in Washington and expressed the hope that the US military would establish a permanent military base in Poland. Poland was also willing to invest $2 billion.
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.
Solange Ghernaouti, a Swiss network security advisory and research institute, said it was difficult for European countries to choose between Chinese technology and American security. (These countries) depend either on the United States or on China.
Source: Editor-in-Charge of Observer Network: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541