A surveillance camera is seen next to a sign of Huawei outside a shopping mall in Beijing, China, on January 29, 2019. File photo: REUTERS/JASON LEE
A surveillance camera is seen next to a sign of Huawei outside a shopping mall in Beijing, China, on January 29, 2019. File photo: REUTERS/JASON LEE

Warsaw — China’s Huawei has offered to build a cyber security centre in Poland where authorities arrested in January a Chinese employee of the telecommunications firm along with a former Polish security official on spying charges.

“We are ready to establish a cyber security centre in Poland if authorities accept this as a trusted solution,” Tonny Bao, head of Huawei in Poland, told a news conference on Wednesday.

Huawei has set up information security labs in Germany and Britain aimed at building confidence that its equipment does not contain “back doors” for Chinese intelligence services.

Poland’s government is set to exclude Huawei equipment from its future 5G network over concerns first raised in the US that Huawei technology could be equipped with such back doors, sources told Reuters.

Huawei regional public affairs director Austin Zhang said there is no reason for the Polish government to exclude the Chinese firm from its future 5G network development. “If it does happen we will try all our means to protect our business and reputation in Poland,” he said.

The US wants to steer people away from Huawei towards western products because of its concerns over the security of the Chinese company’s technology, the US envoy to the EU said last week.

Huawei denies allegations that its technology could be used for spying and the Chinese executive from Huawei arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying has also said he is not guilty.

Still, the company faces increasing international scrutiny over the matter. Last week the company was excluded from a tender to build a Czech tax portal after the country’s cyber watchdog warned of possible security threats posed by the telecoms supplier.

Separately the US justice department has charged Huawei with conspiring to violate US sanctions on Iran and with stealing robotic technology from T-Mobile US.
Reuters