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China says countries should end "fabrications" about Huawei

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

(Reuters) - on Monday urged countries to end "fabrications" about Huawei, after an in said his country could limit the use of the company's products by public entities following the arrest of a employee there on spying allegations.

Huawei, the world's biggest of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with and U.S.-led allegations that its devices could be used by for espionage.

No evidence has been produced publicly and Huaweihas repeatedly denied the accusations, but several Western countries have restricted Huawei's access to their markets.

arrested a Chinese employee and a former Polish security on spying allegations on Friday, officials and sources told

A responsible for cyber security, Karol Okonski, told on Sunday that "abrupt" policy changes toward were not warranted after the arrests, but that the use of the company's products by state entities could be reviewed.

Hua Chunying, responding to the remarks at a regular briefing in Beijing, said hoped the Polish side would work to create mutual trust and maintain relations.

Hua said "some people" seek to use groundless accusations about security threats to "suppress and restrict Chinese 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," Hua said.

"Using security reasons to hype, obstruct or restrict normal cooperation between companies in the end will only hurt one's own interests," she added.

Seeking to distance itself from the incident, Huawei said on Saturday it had sacked the employee arrested in Poland, Wang Weijing, adding that his "alleged actions have no relation to the company."

A profile for Wang showed he has worked for Huawei's Polish division since 2011, and previously served as attache to the Chinese in Gdansk from 2006-2011.

A for the Polish said that the allegations related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to Huawei.

Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, has called for the and NATO to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.

In August, U.S. signed a bill that barred the from using Huawei equipment and is considering an order that would also ban U.S. companies from doing so.

and have also blocked it from building amid concerns of its possible links with

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 15:08 IST
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