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China concerned over arrest of Huawei executive in Poland

 A Chinese woman walks by a poster showing a Huawei logo in Beijing, Dec.12, 2018. EPA-EFE/FILE/WU HONG

A Chinese woman walks by a poster showing a Huawei logo in Beijing, Dec.12, 2018. EPA-EFE/FILE/WU HONG

Beijing, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- China on Friday said it was concerned over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Poland on espionage charges.

A foreign ministry source told EFE that Beijing had sought a "just treatment" of the executive as per the law, and called for the effective protection of the parties involved and their legitimate interests.

Polish press identified the arrested man as Weijinga W, the local sales director of Huawei, who has been taken into preventive custody and charged with espionage, a crime that carries up to 10-year imprisonment.

A Polish citizen identified as Piotr D, former deputy head of the Polish Internal Security Agency's IT security department, has also been arrested as part of the same investigation.

The Warsaw offices of Huawei and French telecom company Orange - where Piotr was an employee earlier - have been searched by the Polish counterintelligence agency, authorities said.

Huawei confirmed the arrest and said the company had been complying with Polish law and required its employees to do the same.

The arrest comes after on Dec. 1 Canadian authorities, at the behest of the United States, arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on charges that she lied to banks about the company's business in Iran.

The arrest led to a diplomatic row between China, Canada and the US. The row was aggravated after two Canadian citizens were arrested in China on charges of activities against national security.

Meng, who denies the charges, was released on bail but is participating in an extradition hearing after the US filed a formal request.

A number of countries have expressed reservations about the expansion of Huawei and its participation in the creation of global 5G networks citing espionage fears, which Beijing has rejected. .

Huawei, founded in 1987, has become the biggest telecom equipment manufacturer worldwide and is among the biggest mobile phone producers.

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