On Monday, China urged some countries to end their “fabrications” about Huawei, following an official in Poland stating that his country might limit the usage of Huawei’s products by public entities since a Huawei employee was arrested on charges of spying.
Huawei is considered to be the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, and it has been facing intense scrutiny in the West regarding its relationship with China’s government and US-led allegations which stated that their devices could be used by Beijing for espionage due to privacy issues in the products.
No evidence regarding such allegations has been found out publicly. Huawei has also repeatedly denied these accusations, but several Western countries have restricted Huawei’s access to their markets.
Poland arrested a Chinese employee, who has been an employee at Huawei and was also a former Polish security official and was accused of spying.
Karol Okonski, one of the Polish government officials who were responsible for cyber-security, on Sunday told Reuters that “abrupt” policy changes for Huawei were not warranted after the arrests and the use of the company’s products by state entities can be reviewed.
Hua Chunying, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman responded to the remarks at a regular news briefing in Beijing and stated that China hoped that the Polish side will work in order to create mutual trust and maintain their relations. Hua went on to say that “some people” sought to use groundless accusations about security threats to “suppress and restrict Chinese technology companies’ development abroad”.
Hua said- “We urge relevant parties to cease the groundless fabrications and unreasonable restrictions towards Huawei and other Chinese companies and create a fair, good and just environment for mutual investment and normal cooperation by both sides’ companies. Using security reasons to the hype, obstruct or restrict normal cooperation between companies, in the end, will only hurt one’s own interests.”
Huawei sought to distance themselves from the issue and on Saturday, said that it had sacked the employee who was arrested in Poland, who went by the nameWang Weijing, and also added that his “alleged actions have no relation to the company.”
A LinkedIn profile for Wang indicated that he has worked for Huawei’s Polish division since 2011, and had previously served as an attache in the Chinese General Consul in Gdansk from 2006-2011. A spokesman for the Polish security services told that the allegations regarding individual actions were not linked directly to Huawei. Joachim Brudzinski, Poland’s internal affairs minister, called for the European Union and NATO in order to work jointly on a position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets or not.
In August, US President Donald Trump signed a bill which barred the US government from using Huawei equipment in their network and is also considering an executive order which might ban US companies from using Huawei products. Australia and New Zealand have blocked Huawei from building 5G networks because of concerns regarding their products possibly linked with Beijing.