Poland's counterintelligence service confirmed on Friday that a Chinese citizen suspected of spying had been arrested. Polish state media identified the suspect as Huawei's sales director in the country.
Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications company that is viewed by US government officials as a national security risk. Other countries have concerns too: It has been prevented from supplying next-generation 5G equipment to Australia and New Zealand.
Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Polish counterintelligence, said in a statement to the country's official press agency that the Chinese citizen had been arrested along with a Polish citizen.
The homes of the suspects were searched on Tuesday, the statement said. A court has ordered the pair to be held for three months, and they face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Both have pleaded not guilty, according to Polish state broadcaster TVP. Zaryn has not responded to CNN's requests for comment.
The Chinese company in its statement said that Wang's "alleged actions have no relation to the company."
"Huawei 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," it added.
A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to Poland said the country was "highly concerned about this incident." Poland had been asked to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible" and to protect the "rights and interests, safety and humanitarian treatment of the person involved," the spokesperson added.
The arrest has stoked tensions between the US and China, which have been trying to negotiate an end to their bruising trade war.
It has already fueled a nationalist backlash against American products from some Chinese businesses. If the Huawei executive is extradited to the US, experts warn US businesses in China could face retaliation.
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