Huawei fires an employee in Poland, following charges of espionage

Jason Lee | Reuters

A saleswoman serves clients at a Huawei store in Beijing, China, December 12, 2018.

Chinese telecom big Huawei fired a gross sales director arrested in Poland on charges of conducting espionage on behalf of China, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

Huawei, the world’s second largest maker of smartphones, additional distanced itself from the employee, Wang Weijing, by issuing a press release that he had introduced the corporate into “disrepute.” It added that the employee’s actions “have no relation to the company,” and careworn that it complies with the regulation in all international locations.

Prior to the arrest, the employee was liable for gross sales of know-how to authorities clients in Poland, an vital marketplace for Huawei, the Journal reported.

The information may serve to intensify fears in Washington that Huawei is a risk to nationwide safety. Huawei has lengthy denied that, stating that it hasn’t been caught up in any spying allegations. Saturday’s arrest may change that.

It’s the most recent high-profile felony incident involving Huawei in latest months, and follows every week of unhealthy press.

In December, the corporate’s chief monetary officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on the request of the U.S. authorities, amid suspicions that she had circumvented sanctions towards Iran.

The U.S. has been making an attempt to undermine Huawei’s affect, warning about attainable ties to Chinese intelligence teams and proscribing entry to international locations’ subsequent era 5G networks. For its half, Huawei has mentioned that it’s owned by workers and operates independently of Beijing.

Huawei’s troubles have been taking part in out towards the backdrop of the U.S.-China commerce dispute, which President Donald Trump has been making an attempt to barter with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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