The Latest: China gives ‘great importance’ to case in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the espionage-related arrests in Poland (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw says China attaches “great importance to the detention” of a Chinese citizen in Poland who has been detained and charged with espionage and that a representative of the embassy has met with officials at Poland’s Foreign Ministry to discuss the case.

Polish state television reported Friday that the country’s Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at tech company Huawei in Poland and a Polish man who is one of its own former officers with spying for China. The arrests happened on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman at the Chinese Embassy told The Associated Press that embassy representatives have met with officials at Poland’s Foreign Ministry and that China urges Poland “to inform China about the situation of this case and arrange a consular visit as soon as possible.”

The spokeswoman added: “We require the Polish side to handle this case legally, fairly and properly and ensure the legal rights, interests, security and the humanitarian treatment of the Chinese citizen.”

The official spoke on condition of anonymity, saying it was the official position of the Chinese government and that it “doesn’t matter” who conveyed the comment.

The official wouldn’t comment on whether the suspect is guilty, saying “the Chinese side opposes any speculations and defaming in the absence of concrete facts.”

–By Vanessa Gera


12:15 p.m.

Chinese telecom company Huawei is being tightlipped on reports one of its employees has been arrested by Polish authorities on suspicion of espionage.

The company, which makes telecom equipment and consumer electronics, said in a statement that it is “aware of the situation, and we are looking into it.”

Polish state TV said that one of two people arrested was a Chinese man identified as Weijing W., who was a Huawei director in Poland.

Huawei said it “complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based.”


10:25 a.m.

An official says Poland’s Internal Security Agency has arrested a Chinese businessman and a Pole on suspicion of espionage.

Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland’s special services, said Friday that the operation that resulted in the arrest of the two suspects had been underway for a long time and was planned with care.

Wasik said that the Chinese suspect was a businessman working for a major electronics corporation and that the Pole was “known in circles associated with cyber-business affairs.”

He said “both carried out espionage activities against Poland.”

Polish state TV reported that the Chinese man is a director at Huawei in Poland and that the Pole has worked at the Internal Security Agency, the agency that investigates spying and terrorism

If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison.

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