The Government of Japan has decided to exclude Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE from public tenders due to alleged security breaches committed by both companies, according to local media.
The decision of the Japanese Executive takes place in the middle of the commercial conflict between Washington and Beijing, and in the same week in which the arrest in Canada of Wanzhou Meng, Huawei's financial director and daughter of the founder of the company, at the request of U.S.
Tokyo will not allow the two companies to participate in any contract offered by public administrations due to the "global concern about their links with the Chinese government," government sources told Japan's Kyodo news agency.
The same sources indicated that the decision of the Executive will not include any specific mention to the two Chinese firms in order not to damage the bilateral relations between the neighboring countries, which are going through an improvement phase after frozen years.
The spokesman of the Executive, Yoshihide Suga, avoided confirming this information and limited itself to saying that Japan "works closely with the United States in many sectors, including cybersecurity", in its daily press conference.
"We can not give details about decisions on cybersecurity," Suga said when asked about the issue.
The Japanese veto on Huawei and ZTE follows in the footsteps of the US authorities, which last August banned state agencies from using products and services from both companies for their alleged connections with Chinese intelligence.
The detention of the Huawei leadership took place last Saturday although it was not announced by the Canadian authorities until Wednesday, and was made at the request of the US authorities for his extradition to the United States for the alleged crime of violating the sanctions imposed by Washington to Iran.
China has protested against the arrest and hinted that it could retaliate against Canada, at a time marked by the growing commercial and political conflict between the first two world economies.