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Gov’t effectively excludes Huawei, ZTE from telecom equipment procurement

  • December 10, 2018
  • , Asahi , NHK digital , 1:35 p.m.
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NHK reported that at a meeting of information security officers of government ministries at the Kantei today, it was agreed that the internal rules for telecom equipment procurement will be revised to include “security risks” as a factor to be considered when making procurement decisions. Ministries will also check the security risks posed by equipment already purchased so far. While this review is reportedly not targeting any particular company, NHK said a government source predicted that this will “effectively exclude Huawei and ZTE” amid intense conflict between the U.S. and China over the recent detention of Huawei’s CFO in Canada at the U.S.’s request.


Asahi ran a similar story online, highlighting a statement posted by the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo on its website expressing “tremendous opposition” to the GOJ’s plan, which it claimed appears to be intended to “discriminate against certain companies of a certain country.” Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga reportedly acknowledged this morning that the GOJ has briefed the Chinese side on its plan to change the rules for telecom procurement. The government spokesman said: “We’ve explained the importance of cybersecurity and that the change will be made in a manner compatible with international rules.”

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