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Chinese intelligence engaged in ops on massive scale: Polish expert

23.11.2020 13:15
Chinese intelligence is carrying out operations on a massive scale, targeting countries including Poland, an expert from the Centre for Eastern Studies in Warsaw has said.

Michał Bogusz told public broadcaster Polish Radio in an interview that sectors key for the Chinese intelligence services are “5G, connectivity - transport, infrastructure, and new technologies including artificial intelligence”, as well as the pharmaceutical industry and vaccine research.

Bogusz said that Chinese intelligence services were engaged in “a broad spectrum of activities, from kidnappings to disinformation, targeting specific individuals… and blocking inconvenient information.”

In September, personal details of some of Poland’s highest-ranking officials were found in a leaked database compiled by a tech company linked to China’s military intelligence, a Polish conservative weekly reported.

The database, compiled by Chinese company Zhenhua Data, contained personal information on around 2.4 million people around the world and was put together using public data such as profiles on social media, according to reports.

Polish weekly Gazeta Polska reported that the list contained “over 3,000 [Polish] names and surnames”, and included “not only former or current high-ranking government officials, but also their families - spouses, children, parents and siblings”.

Last week, prosecutors in Poland charged two men suspected of spying for China.

The pair are a former officer for Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW) and a Chinese national who is suspected of being an officer with his country's intelligence service, according to reports.

The Polish suspect, named only as “Piotr D.”, has been accused of passing on confidential information in exchange for cash, gifts and attractive trips, according to the tvp.info website.

The Chinese man, identified as “Weijing W.,” was a director at the Polish subsidiary of Chinese telecommunications multinational Huawei when detained at the start of last year by Poland’s Internal Security Agency, tvp.info reported.

Source: Polskie Radio