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Taiwan readies China vendor blacklist

23 JAN 2019

Taiwan reportedly readied a blacklist of technology companies based in mainland China it considers security threats, making it the latest market to mull measures to block equipment from vendors including Huawei and ZTE.

Jyan Hong-wei, director general of the cybersecurity department of Taiwan’s executive branch, told Nikkei Asian Review: “We will likely complete and publish a list of Chinese companies that could pose security threats by the end of March.”

The restrictions would apply to all of the executive’s departments and organisations. The list is also expected to include two surveillance camera manufacturers, with Lenovo being considered, the newspaper said.

Jyan said private companies in Taiwan will have access to the list for reference.

A number of countries have either banned or are considering blocking use of Huawei and ZTE equipment due to concerns over links to the Chinese government.

Last week Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute announced it is blocking Huawei products from accessing its internal network due to security concerns, South China Morning Post reported. It is the first organisation to heed calls from the US to drop the vendor.

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