Huawei fires director who accuses Poland of espionage

Huawei fires director who accuses Poland of espionage

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) – Chinese technology company Huawei says it has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland and accused of espionage for China.

The company said Saturday that it "has decided to terminate the employment of Mr. Wang Weijing, who was arrested on suspicion of breaking the Polish law."

Polish authorities said Friday that they had arrested Wang, a Chinese citizen and former diplomat, along with a Polish cybersecurity expert who had held various cybersecurity jobs at the top of the government and also worked at the telecom company Orange.

Huawei said Wang's actions "have no relationship with the company" and that he was fired because "the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute."

The arrest revived tensions between China and the West with cybersecurity issues around Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment.

The Huawei logo was shown at the head office of the Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, January 11, 2019. The Polish security agency has a Chinese manager at Huawei in Poland and one of his own former officers with espionage against Poland on behalf of China. (AP Photo / Czarek Sokolowski)

The Huawei logo was shown at the head office of the Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, January 11, 2019. The Polish security agency has a Chinese manager at Huawei in Poland and one of his own former officers with espionage against Poland on behalf of China. (AP Photo / Czarek Sokolowski)

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