Huawei arrests in Poland show how Trump v China tests Europe

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd is linked to China's government

Former Polish intelligence agent, identified as Piotr D by state television network TVP, was also arrested in connection with the charges of spying on behalf of the People's Republic of China.

The Huawei logo stands on a Huawei office building in Dongguan in China's southern Guangdong province on 18 December 2018.

Wang's resume said he worked at China's General Consulate in Gdansk from 2006-2011 and at Huawei Enterprise Poland since 2011, where he was first director of public affairs and since 2017 the "sales director of public sector".

Polish authorities arrested and charged a Huawei executive and a former Polish government official with espionage, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

China's foreign ministry reportedly said it was "greatly concerned" by the arrest, while Huawei said it was aware of the situation.

Huawei said on January 12th that Wang's alleged actions aren't related to Huawei and that he brought the company "into disrepute".

The two individuals were arrested on Tuesday following a lengthy investigation, a spokesman for the security services told the BBC. In New Zealand, the Government Communications Security Bureau turned down Spark's bid to use Huawei equipment on the new 5G network in November.

On Dec. 10, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on vague national security allegations in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest.

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The company has attracted even greater scrutiny following the arrest of its chief financial officer last month in Canada.

"Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based", the statement pointed out.

Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie has previously confirmed its proposal would have seen Huawei staff install as well as supply 5G access equipment on its cellphone towers. Since the Canadian government detained Huawei CFO Meng Xingzhou in December previous year, Huawei's Canadian branch has always been the focus of attention.

Huawei is one of the "tech" champions in China, and one of the more popular Chinese companies overseas. Western intelligence officials have raised concerns Beijing could use the company's equipment for espionage.

Ms Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei, was released on bail.

Her arrest follows United States efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

After Huawei has recently had to contend with major political problems in America, the Chinese company is now also coming under pressure in Europe.

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