Japan Govt to Exclude Huawei, ZTE from Procurement

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Monday set the policy of effectively excluding major Chinese telecommunications equipment makers Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. from procurement contracts.

At a meeting of a group of cybersecurity-related officials, participants agreed that no government entities will procure information and communications systems with malicious functions.

Although the government did not name specific companies, it apparently has in mind the two Chinese companies. The government group is headed by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kazuhiro Sugita.

The policy may dampen the Japan-China relationship, which has been improving. Last week, the Chinese government expressed grave concern in response to media reports that Tokyo would decide on such a policy.

Japan received an inquiry from China through a diplomatic channel before the policy is set, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference Monday.

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