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Huawei sacks Polish employee after arrest for alleged spying

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Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies has sacked an employee in its Polish offices after the man was arrested for allegedly being involved in espionage.

The company dismissed Wang Weijing, saying the incident had brought its name into disrepute. It acted before judges heard Weijing's plea on the alleged charges.

Bloomberg quoted Brock Silvers, the managing director of Kaiyuan Capital, as saying the incident could have "a very significant impact" on Huawei's business in Europe.

"Regardless of how the allegations against Wang are ultimately resolved, it seems likely that Huawei’s important European business will suffer in 2019," he said.

Poland has indicated that it may look at excluding Huawei from its IT market, according to the country's cyber security chief Karol Okonski.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman told a regular news conference in Beijing on Monday that Weijing's case was an individual one.A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman told a regular news conference in Beijing on Monday that Weijing's case was an individual one.

Hua Chunying said: "Both the relevant Polish side and Huawei have said in their statements that the case of Wang Weijing is entirely an individual one.

"The Polish side should arrange for a consular visit by the Chinese side immediately, handle this case in accordance with the law and regulations on the basis of facts, and earnestly safeguard the legitimate and legal interests and humanitarian treatment of the person involved."

The US has banned the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks, claiming that the company can be a conduit for spying by Beijing. Australia and New Zealand have both followed the US lead and banned the company from roles in their respective 5G rollouts.

In November 2018, there were reports that the US was stepping up the pressure on its allies to give the cold shoulder to the Chinese firm which is the world's biggest supplier of telecommunications equipment.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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