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Japan to ban government use of Huawei, ZTE products: reports

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is to ban government use of made by Chinese tech giants and on concerns about cybersecurity, reports said Friday.

The government plans to revise internal procurement rules to exclude products made by and as early as Monday, the mass circulation reported. agency also reported the expected move.

The ban comes after a US request to allies to avoid products made by the two companies over fears they contain viruses used for cyberattacks, the Yomiuri said, citing unnamed government sources.

Domestic products that use parts made by the two Chinese firms will also be excluded from government use, it said.

The Yomiuri said the government was not expected to name the companies directly, so as to avoid angering

Asked about the report, top declined to comment, adding was "closely cooperating with the United States" on cybersecurity issues.

said it was "seriously concerned" about the reports, adding that and have been operating legally in for a long time.

"We hope that Japan will provide a level playing field for Chinese companies to operate in Japan," Chinese told a regular press briefing.

"Do not do anything that would undermine mutual trust and cooperation." The reports come after the arrest of a top Huawei in infuriated China, sending global markets wobbling on fears of intensifying tensions between and

The detention of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, comes after US authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected sanctions violations by Huawei.

The firm was already under scrutiny by officials who have deemed the company a national security threat.

Huawei's affordable have made strong inroads in the developing world, but the company has faced repeated setbacks in major Western economies over security concerns.

Huawei has been under scrutiny in for more than a decade, and is facing bans for 5G contracts in and New Zealand, both Pacific allies of the US.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 15:30 IST