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Huawei fired from espionage suspect employee

Huawei fired from espionage suspect employee

The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has dismissed an employee who was arrested in Poland. The employee was responsible for sales in the Eastern European country and was accused of spying on behalf of China.

Now the staff member appears to have been fired by Huawei, according to the Wall Street Journal last Saturday. Huawei, the world’s second largest manufacturer of smartphones, distances itself even further from its employees. Wang Weijing, as the employee in question has, would have discredited the company. The actions of the employee are not related to the company. Furthermore, Huawei stresses that it abides by the laws of each country in which it operates.

Important market

Just before the arrest, the employee was responsible for selling technology to governments in Poland. The country is an important market for Huawei, which is already under pressure. For example, the American and Australian governments fear that the Chinese giant is indeed spying for the Chinese government.

According to the authorities of those countries, it is in Chinese law that a Chinese company must always cooperate with requests for information from the Chinese intelligence services. According to the Americans, that would not make Huawei’s network technology safe to use. Huawei’s fear is that this new scandal will increase the pressure.

Increase pressure

In the meantime, the American government is also trying to increase the pressure considerably. It warns other powers not only about possible links with Chinese intelligence services, but also that Huawei is not allowed to supply products for the 5G networks of the United States.

Huawei is defending itself against this by saying that it is owned by employees and operates independently of the Chinese government. The pressure on the company also seems to have something to do with the trade war between the United States and China.

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