In this Jan. 9, 2019, photo, a security guard stands near the Huawei company logo during a new product launching event in Beijing. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said late Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, it is "closely following the detention of Huawei employee Wang Weijing" on charges of allegedly spying for China, and has asked Poland to "handle the case lawfully, fairly, properly and to effectively guarantee the legitimate rights of the person, his safety and his humanitarian treatment," according to state broadcaster CCTV. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland on spy charges


Chinese tech giant Huawei said Saturday it has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland on spying charges.

The allegations against Wang Weijing "have no relation to the company," Huawei Technologies Ltd. said in a statement. It said Wang was fired because the incident "brought Huawei into disrepute," a violation of his contract.

Polish authorities announced Friday that a Huawei director and a Polish cybersecurity expert were accused of carrying out "espionage against Poland."

Huawei, the biggest maker of telecom network equipment, faces accusations by the United States and some other governments that it might be a security risk. Washington has imposed curbs on use of Huawei technology and is pressuring allies to avoid the company.

Huawei has denied accusations it is controlled by China's ruling Communist Party or facilitates spying.

Polish authorities gave no details about what the Huawei employee, identified as Weijing W., and the Pole, Piotr D., were accused of doing. Polish state TV reported both have declared themselves innocent.

Polish TV reported the Chinese suspect was a former diplomat.

Huawei complies with "all applicable laws" in countries where it operates and requires employees to obey them too, said the company statement.

Controversy over security threatens to disrupt Huawei's effort to sell its next-generation telecoms technology abroad. The company is a leader in developing such "5G" systems.

Huawei's U.S. market dried up after a congressional panel said in 2012 the company and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE Corp. were potential security risks and told phone companies to avoid using their technology.

Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan have imposed curbs on use of Huawei technology.

U.S. officials have reportedly fanned out across Europe to urge governments and Huawei suppliers to shun the company.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday that it has asked Poland to handle the case fairly and protect the rights and safety of the Chinese suspect.

Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested Dec. 1 in Canada on U.S. charges related to possible violations on trade sanctions on Iran.

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Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, have been held for more than a month without access to lawyers or their families.

Meanwhile, they demand the detainee in Poland be granted all of his lawful rights. Makes sense.

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Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesperson for Poland's Internal Security Agency (ISA), told Reuters that Mr Wang's arrest "doesn't have anything to do with the company he works for".

Let's be fair if we can. Poland isn't China.

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All the world is aware now of China's double/triple and and may be quadruple standard and the completely irrational set of values... when it comes to human relationships. That is already reflected in not just politics but in everything they do and touch or get involved in.

here they fired the suspect to avoid involving the company... thus distancing themselves from what ever they were involved in and at the same time using world recognized values and standards to "protect" their kind so that they may avoid having to expose more of their involvement for internationally recognized humanitarian values, which they themselves do not even honor.

The entire world better "wake up".

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The above said..., all corporations worldwide doing business with S Korea now need to review their position and defer or even retreat from and stop starting businesses within S or N Korea and definitely China till such time as there is "concrete" and "verifiable" evidence over a decade or more that they are actually a worthwhile and "reliable" participant in the international community. It appears that they are trying to "force" a centrally controlled global organization based upon their standards and values.

The past, no matter how horrifying, is the past and amend have been made. The entire world community knows that "war" in the past have been fought and settled. Although wars are always territorial, and primarily based upon economics (taking resources), only in religious and racial wars have they "continued". It is difficult to understand the "illogical" logic behind S Korea.

Now the entire world is in "doubt" as to the "philosophy" of the people of S Korea.

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Huawei isn't even denying it - they're just saying "that's the Chinese government's doing, not ours"

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday that it has asked Poland to handle the case fairly and protect the rights and safety of the Chinese suspect.

Like the Canadians in China

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