Calls for Huawei boycott get mixed response in Europe

13th January, 2019 11:42:51 printer

PARIS: Europe is giving US-led calls for a boycott of Huawei 5G telecoms equipment a mixed reception, with some governments untroubled by spy suspicions against the Chinese giant, but others backing a ban.

In the latest setback for Huawei, Poland said Friday it had arrested a Chinese telecoms executive suspected of spying for China, with local media identifying him as a Huawei director, reports AFP.

On Saturday Huawei said it had fired the employee arrested in Poland, telling AFP “his alleged actions have no relation to the company”.

Huawei had already seen the arrest of the daughter of the firm’s founder in Canada and US efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.