Huawei Fires Employee Arrested in Poland on Spying Charges

BEIJING — The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland on charges of spying for the Chinese government, saying in a statement late Saturday which the worker had brought “disrepute” to the company.

Huawei said which the alleged actions which the employee, Wang Weijing, had been accused of had nothing to do with the company.

“In accordance with the terms in addition to conditions of Huawei’s labor contract, we have made which decision because the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute,” a company spokesman, Joe Kelly, said.

The Polish authorities announced the arrests of Mr. Wang in addition to a Polish telecommunications worker on Friday. which move came at a time of growing concern among the United States in addition to its allies about Chinese technology suppliers, in addition to after the December arrest in Canada of Huawei’s chief financial officer in addition to the daughter of the company’s founder.

Huawei’s equipment can be used in mobile phone in addition to internet networks around the entire world. yet American officials have for years considered the company to be vulnerable to efforts by Beijing to spy on Americans or sabotage their communication systems.

Huawei denies which the idea operates as an extension of Beijing. Still, as the company has grown to become the entire world’s top supplier of telecommunications gear, the United States government has worked to discourage American mobile carriers in addition to consumers by buying its equipment. Washington has shared its security concerns with allied governments in Europe in addition to elsewhere.

On Dec. 1, Meng Wangzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada at the request of the United States. American investigators have accused her of deceiving financial institutions about Huawei’s business in Iran, causing them to inadvertently violate United States sanctions. The Canadian legal authorities have not yet decided whether Ms. Meng will be extradited to the United States.

Diplomatic tensions between China in addition to Canada jumped after Ms. Meng’s arrest, with Beijing detaining several Canadians in what were seen as tit-for-tat arrests. Among those still being held in China are Michael Kovrig, an experienced diplomat in addition to Sinophile who had spent years investigating sensitive subjects like the human rights of minority groups in China; in addition to Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur with high-level contacts in North Korea.

The second person arrested by the Polish authorities which past week was an employee of Orange, the French telecommunications company. Orange’s office was raided, in addition to the employee’s belongings were seized. Polish officials did not offer more details about what the two men were accused of, yet said which they might be held for three months while the investigation continued.