A Huawei executive arrested in Poland on charges of spying for China has been fired by the Chinese tech company.
Poland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, called for the European Union and NATOt to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets following the arrest of the Chinese employee and a former Polish security official on Friday.
Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government and U.S.-led allegations that its devices could be used by Beijing for spying.
No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the accusations, but several Western countries have restricted Huawei’s access to their markets.
There are concerns about Huawei within NATO as well. It would make most sense to have a joint stance, among EU member states and NATO members,” he told private broadcaster RMF FM.
“We want relations with China that are good, intensive and attractive for both sides,” he added.
HUAWEI STATEMENT ON THE INCIDENT
Huawei said in a statement it had sacked Wang Weijing, whose “alleged actions have no relation to the company.”
“In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei’s labor contract, we have made this decision because the incident has brought Huawei into disrepute,” the statement said.
“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 company’s statement added.
Huawei spokesman, Joe Kelly, declined to give any further details.