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Jan 11, 2019 | 13:41 GMT

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Poland: Authorities Arrest Chinese, Polish Individuals on Spying Allegations

What Happened: Polish authorities have detained a Chinese Huawei employee and a Polish national working for the telecommunications company Orange Polska over spying allegations, Reuters reported Jan. 11.

Why It Matters: If suspicions against the Chinese national are confirmed, it would constitute the most significant accusation yet that there is direct cooperation between Huawei and China's intelligence apparatus.

Background: The United States and its Western allies have increased pressure on Huawei over its alleged ties to the Chinese government, army and intelligence apparatus. The U.S. government has launched a global campaign to convince its allies that using Chinese equipment will impair their national security.

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