Japan set for ban on China

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

JAPAN is re­port­edly set to ef­fec­tively ban gov­ern­ment pur­chases of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions prod­ucts from China’s Huawei and ZTE over fears of in­tel­li­gence leaks and cy­ber at­tacks.

The gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to re­vise its rules on pro­cure­ment as early as Mon­day, the Yomi­uri news­pa­per re­ported yes­ter­day.

Japan was un­likely to name the two com­pa­nies, to avoid ag­gra­vat­ing China, but Huawei and ZTE were to be sub­ject to the ban, the re­port said, cit­ing a gov­ern­ment source.

The re­port fol­lows a de­ci­sion by the US this year to ban gov­ern­ment pur­chases of Huawei gear.

US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies al­lege Huawei is linked to China’s gov­ern­ment and that its equip­ment could con­tain “back­doors” for use by spies, although no ev­i­dence has been pro­duced pub­licly and the firm has de­nied the claims.

Bri­tain’s BT Group said on Wed­nes­day it was re­mov­ing Huawei’s equip­ment from the core of its ex­ist­ing 3G and 4G mo­bile oper­a­tions and would not use the Chi­nese com­pany in cen­tral parts of the next net­work.

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