Ja­pan to ban gov­ern­ment use of Huawei, ZTE prod­ucts

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

JA­PAN is to ban gov­ern­ment use of tele­coms prod­ucts made by Chi­nese tech gi­ants Huawei and ZTE on con­cerns about cy­ber­se­cu­rity, re­ports said 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 U.S. 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.”

The re­ports come af­ter the ar­rest of a top Huawei ex­ec­u­tive in Canada in­fu­ri­ated China, send­ing global mar­kets wob­bling on fears of in­ten­si­fy­ing ten­sions be­tween Bei­jing and Washington.

The de­ten­tion of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, comes af­ter U.S. au­thor­i­ties re­port­edly launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sus­pected Iran sanc­tions vi­o­la­tions by Huawei.

The firm was al­ready un­der scru­tiny by U.S. in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials who have deemed the com­pany a na­tional se­cu­rity threat.

Huawei’s af­ford­able smart­phones have made strong in­roads in the de­vel­op­ing world, but the com­pany has faced re­peated set­backs in ma­jor West­ern economies over se­cu­rity con­cerns.

Huawei has been un­der scru­tiny in Washington for more than a decade, and is fac­ing bans for 5G con­tracts in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, both Pa­cific al­lies of the U.S.

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