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Japan: Government will ban equipment from Huawei and ZTE

The Japanese government will also ban the use by its administration of equipment from Chinese groups Huawei and ZTE, considered a threat to security, Japanese media reported Friday.

The United States has asked its allies to avoid the products made by the two companies, because of fears that they are used to conduct cyberattacks, said Yomiuri, citing unnamed government sources.

Japanese products using components from both Chinese companies will also be banned in the administration, the newspaper adds.

Japan should not, however, explicitly name companies in order not to arouse Beijing’s wrath.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga declined to comment on the news, but said Japan “cooperates closely with the United States” on computer security issues.

China said on Friday it was “deeply concerned” by the news, adding that Huawei and ZTE have been operating legally in Japan for a long time.

“We hope that Japan will provide Chinese companies in the country with a level playing field and will not do anything to undermine mutual trust and bilateral cooperation,” said Geng Shuang, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Huawei has just suffered a blow with the arrest in Canada of its financial director and daughter of the founder, at the request of the United States.

The US authorities suspect the Chinese giant has exported at least since 2016, products of American origin to Iran and other countries subject to US sanctions, in violation of the laws of the United States.

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