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Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish cyber business specialist on allegations of spying, state news agency PAP said on Friday, deepening the controversy over Western criticism of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.

Poland security officials also searched the offices of Orange, one of the most subscribed telecommunication providers in Poland.

Following the U.S., Australia and New Zealand have also banned Huawei from supplying 5G networking equipment out of fear of a national security breach.

A Chinese businessman who works for Huawei has been arrested in Poland for spying.

This is the second time in two months that Huawei has dealt with executives being charged with crimes in foreign nations.

"A Pole and a Chinese citizen have been arrested on suspicion of spying". USA lawmakers have raised concern that Huawei and other Chinese tech giants have ties to the Chinese government, something these companies have consistently denied.

The European Commission will seek information from Poland after national authorities arrested this week a Chinese Huawei employee and a Polish national over espionage allegations.

A year ago the company also said it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America.

Poland is Huawei's headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region.

TVP, which is government-controlled media, identified the arrested Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei.

Poland's counterintelligence agency searched the local Huawei office and the home of the Chinese national, Poland's state-owned broadcaster reported Friday. The other is allegedly a former security agent who recently worked with the Polish branch of France's Orange telecommunications company.

Huawei has come under global scrutiny lately.

"We are extremely grateful for his contributions to Huawei Canada during the past seven and a half years and I personally want to take this opportunity to thank him for the dedication and valuable support he has provided to me during the time we worked together".

Huawei said it "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 chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was detained in Canada in December and faces charges that she violated United States trade sanctions. A spokesperson for Orange Polska told NPR that the company was cooperating with authorities. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.

Huawei has been scrutinized for security concerns over its involvement in the development of 5G infrastructures.


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