Japan to Ban Govt Use of Huawei, ZTE Prod­ucts

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Tokyo: Japan is set to ban gov­ern­ment use of tele­com prod­ucts made by Chi­nese tech gi­ants Huawei and ZTE on con­cerns about cy­ber­se­cu­rity, re­ports said on Fri­day. The gov­ern­ment plans to re­vise in­ter­nal pro­cure­ment rules to ex­clude prod­ucts made by Huawei and ZTE as early as Mon­day, the mass cir­cu­la­tion Yomi­uri Shim­bun re­ported. Jiji Press agency also re­ported the ex­pected move.

The ban comes af­ter a US re­quest to al­lies to avoid prod­ucts made by the two com­pa­nies over fears they con­tain viruses used for cy­ber­at­tacks, the Yomi­uri said, cit­ing un­named gov­ern­ment sources.

Do­mes­tic prod­ucts that use parts made by the two Chi­nese firms will also be ex­cluded from gov­ern­ment use, it said.

The Yomi­uri said the gov­ern­ment was not ex­pected to name the com­pa­nies di­rectly, so as to avoid an­ger­ing China.

Asked about the re­port, top gov­ern­ment spokesman Yoshi­hide Suga de­clined to com­ment, adding Japan was “closely co­op­er­at­ing with the United States” on cy­ber­se­cu­rity is­sues.

China said it was “se­ri­ously con­cerned” about the re­ports, adding that Huawei and ZTE have been op­er­at­ing legally in Japan for a long time. “We hope that Japan will pro­vide a level play­ing field for Chi­nese com­pa­nies to op­er­ate in Japan,” Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang told a reg­u­lar press brief­ing.

“Do not do any­thing that would un­der­mine mu­tual trust and co­op­er­a­tion.”

China said it was “se­ri­ously con­cerned” about the re­ports

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