Now Poland gets dragged into Huawei furore

15/01/2019

Poland's Minister for Internal Affairs Joachim BrudziskiThe growing row over Huawei’s alleged role in gathering sensitive data for the Chinese state gathered yet more pace at the end of last week after Poland arrested one of its employees on spying charges and its Minister for Internal Affairs Joachim Brudziski called for the EU and Nato to decide jointly whether to exclude Huawei from their collective markets.
According to the country’s minister with responsibility for cyber security Karol Okonsk, Warsaw is also considering banning the use of Huawei products by public bodies, as well as the introduction of legislation to curtail their use by private citizens.
Huawei is the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, and in recent months has been the subject of intense scrutiny for its relationship with China’s government. In August, the US president Donald Trump signed a bill barring his government from using Huawei equipment and is now considering tabling an executive order that would also ban its companies from doing so as well. In December, the Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of the US, which wants her extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.
Huawei imageAfter the latest developments in Poland, a clearly exasperated Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman urged the West to stop talking rubbish about Huawei. Speaking at a routine press briefing in Beijing, Hua Chunying accused “some people” of seeking to use groundless accusations about security threats to “suppress and restrict” Chinese technology companies’ development abroad.
“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,” she said. “Using security reasons to obstruct or restrict normal cooperation between companies, in the end, will only hurt one’s interests,” she added.