Poland arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish citizen involved in cyber-business on espionage charges, the Polish media reported, deepening the controversy over the Western criticism of the Chinese telecommunications company.
However, a spokesman for the Polish security services told Reuters the allegations concerning individual actions, and they were not connected directly to Huawei.
US intelligence agencies claim that Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is linked to the Chinese government and its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by the government's spies.
No evidence has been produced publicly and the company has repeatedly denied the allegations. But criticism has led several Western countries and companies to consider whether they should allow the use of Huawei equipment in their telecommunications networks. This has put a strain on relations with Beijing.
The Polish public TV channel TVP said security services searched the local offices of Huawei, as well as those of the telecommunications company Orange Polska, where it claimed Polish national works.
The Foreign Ministry said he was very concerned about the news and urged Poland to handle the case correctly.
Huawei said, "We are aware of the situation and we are investigating the problem, and Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which we operate and we ask all employees to comply with the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based. "
Orange Polska said that the security agency collected materials Tuesday on an employee, who did not identify. The company added that it did not know if the investigation was related to the employee's professional work and would continue to cooperate with the authorities.
TVP said the security services also searched the premises of the Office of Electronic Communications, but the Polish telecommunications
In December, the Canadian authorities arrested a Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, for want US authorities as part of an investigation into alleged violations of trade sanctions, raising tensions with China at a time when Washington and Beijing are engaged in a broader trade war.
West security concerns on Huawei and the Chinese telecommunications equipment company ZTE Corp are focused on Chinese intelligence law. Approved in 2017, the law states that Chinese organizations and citizens will, under the law, support, cooperate and collaborate in national intelligence work.
This raised concerns that the Chinese government could ask Huawei to incorporate "backdoors" into their equipment, which would allow access to Beijing for espionage or sabotage purposes. Some experts also fear that Chinese intelligence agencies can develop a way to subvert Huawei's equipment.
Norway said Wednesday that it was considering whether to join other western nations by excluding Huawei from building part of the country's 5G telecommunications network.
Maciej Wąsik, the deputy head of Polish special services, told the national PAP news agency: "The Chinese citizen is a business man who works in a major electronics company. .. Polish is a person known in the environments associated with cyber-business. "  The arrested couple will be held for three months, the PAP reported, citing the spokesperson of the head of the special services of Poland.
TVP said that the Polish citizen was a former agent of the internal security agency. The agency did not respond immediately to Reuters comment requests.