Following the announcement by a Polish official that the country could reduce the amount of products of Chinese tech company Huawei by its public entities after a Huawei employee was arrested on allegations of spying in Poland, China said on Monday that “fabrications” about Huawei should be put to an end by countries
The relationship of board and senior officials of Huawei with the Chinese government have been severely scrutinised by a number of Western countries. Hiawei, which is the largest manufacturer of telecommunication equipment in the world, has been banned in the United States and its equipment are not used by any government agency in the country. the US alleged that the equipments supplied by Huawei could be used by the Chinese government to spy on other countries using those equipment.
Despite the allegations however, none of the government have made public any evidence even as repeated refutations of the allegations have been made by Huawei.
On Friday, Officials were quoted in news reports that a former Polish security official and a Chinese Huawei employee were arrested by on charges of spying by Polish authorities.
“Abrupt” policy changes toward Huawei were not warranted after the arrests, but there could be a review of the policy of using the company’s equipment by state organizations in Poland, said reports quoting a Polish government official responsible for cyber security, Karol Okonski.
China hoped the Polish authorities would help to develop a environment of mutual trust and maintain relations, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying while replying to the remarks at a regular news briefing in Beijing.
Groundless accusations about security threats are used by “some people” to “suppress and restrict Chinese technology companies’ development abroad”, Hua said.
“We urge relevant parties to cease the groundless fabrications and unreasonable restrictions toward Huawei and other Chinese companies, and create a fair, good and just environment for mutual investment and normal cooperation by both sides’ companies,” Hua said.
“Using security reasons to hype, obstruct or restrict normal cooperation between companies in the end will only hurt one’s own interests,” she added.
The employee of Huawei arreste din Poland had been sacked by the company, said the Chinese etch giant in an attempt to distance itself from the incident. His (the arrested Huawei employee’s) “alleged actions have no relation to the company”, Wang Weijing added.
Wang had reportedly worked for Huawei’s Polish division since 2011 according to his LinkedIn profile. Earlier, between 2006 and 2011, he was also the attache to the Chinese General Consul in Gdansk.
The allegations related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to Huawei, said a spokesman for the Polish security services.
The European Union and NATO has been urged to come to a conclusion about whether to drive out Huawei from those markets, the call was given by Poland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski.
(Adapted from IndianExpress.com)