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China's Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland

The Huawei logo is seen at the company's booth at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by AFP)

China’s flagship technology company Huawei has fired its sales director in Poland after authorities arrested the former diplomat over suspicious activities.

Wang Weijing was arrested on Friday by Poland’s counterintelligence service on suspicion of spying.

Huawei announced Saturday that the employee’s contract had been expired.

“In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei’s labor contract, we have made this decision because the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute,” the company said in a statement.

It emphasized that Wang’s alleged spying activities were in no way related to the tech company. The prompt move by Huawei was seen to be in accordance with the Chinese telecom giant’s efforts to maintain its international image of a reputable private company independent of any interference by the government.

The Huawei booth is seen on January 10, 2019 at the CES 2019 consumer electronics show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Photo by AFP)

Pressure on Huawei

In the past weeks, Western countries have been trying to portray Huawei as a proxy for China's intelligence service to spy and collect vital information from rival countries threatening their national security. 

Pressure on Huawei mounted after the company’s chief financial officer was arrested last month in Canada and the United States made efforts to blacklist the company internationally. As a result of efforts by the United States, several countries have banned Huawei, triggering Beijing’s reaction over what it called "unfair treatment."

Huawei has rejected Western countries' concerns, saying there is "no evidence" that it poses a risk to the national security of any nation.

Meanwhile, the company's business is thriving around the world. Huawei said last year that it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America.

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