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Japan is reportedly set to effectively ban government purchases of telecommunications products from China’s Huawei and ZTE over fears of intelligence leaks and cyber attacks.
The government is expected to revise its internal rules on procurement as early as Monday, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday.
Japan is unlikely to name the two companies, to avoid aggravating China, but Huawei and ZTE are to be subject to the ban, the report said, citing a government source.
The report follows a decision by the United States this year to ban government purchases of Huawei gear.
US intelligence agencies allege Huawei is linked to China’s government and that its equipment could contain “backdoors” for use by spies, although no evidence has been
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