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Huawei fires Chinese employee arrested in Poland over spying charges

'This incident created harmful effects on Huawei's global reputation,' Huawei said

AFP | PTI  |  Beijing 

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Chinese has fired a Chinese employee who was arrested in over espionage allegations, saying he had harmed the company's global reputation, a said Saturday.

was arrested for "personal reasons", the company said in a statement to the Global Times, as apparently seeks to distance itself from the case as the firm faces Western fears that it could act as a proxy for China's security apparatus.

"This incident created harmful effects on Huawei's global reputation," the company said.

Citing management rules in company contracts, said it "has decided to immediately terminate its employer relationship with "

"Huawei has always abided by applicable laws and regulations of the country where it is located... and requires all employees to abide by the country's laws and regulations," it said.

Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the company's founder, was detained in last month on a US extradition bid.

Her arrest follows US efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

In apparent retaliation, has since detained two Canadians -- a former -- on suspicion of endangering national security.

First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 19:30 IST