Govt to Halt Use of Huawei, ZTE Products Due to Security Concerns

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Govt to Halt Use of Huawei, ZTE Products Due to Security Concerns


The government intends to effectively ban products of two major Chinese telecommunications equipment makers -- Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. -- from telecommunications devices at the Cabinet Office, ministries and agencies, the Self-Defense Forces and other entities, as their products have been described as posing a national security risk, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The Cabinet Office and ministries plan to make arrangements as early as Monday to revise internal rules on government bodies' procurement of these devices, according to sources. Halting the use of their products is aimed at preventing cyber-attacks and the leaking of confidential information.

With the enactment of the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act in August this year, the United States began prohibiting the use of equipment and services by the two Chinese companies at government organizations and companies conducting business with the government.

The U.S. government has urged Japan and other allies to refrain from using the companies' products such as mobile phones and semiconductors, saying they contain viruses that facilitate Chinese cyber-attacks and illegal communication intercepts.

In response, the Japanese government plans to create a system in which it will refrain from purchasing products and services of companies that the government believes pose a national security threat, the sources said.

The government plans to avoid directly naming the two companies to prevent provoking China's anger, but a government source said that Huawei and ZTE are the targets of the ban at the current stage. …

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