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Huawei may have found an ally in Japan, for now

Japan will not bar Chinese kit makers – including Huawei – from supplying telecoms network equipment in the country, it emerged this week.

The US is keen to see other nations follow in its footsteps and block Chinese companies from providing 5G equipment, but Japan is reluctant to join the growing club of governments that have bowed to pressure from Washington, it seems.

Citing a report in Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper, Reuters said that Tokyo will take its own measures in the event of any security concern in 5G, according to anonymous sources. The paper said that Japan will not join any framework designed to exclude a specific country, but would reconsider if there is any change to the US plan.

There are mixed messages as to whether US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi discussed the US’s Clean Network plan – designed to keep Chinese telecom and tech firms out of the US – at a meeting in Tokyo earlier this month, but it seems clear that cybersecurity issues were on the agenda in some form.

And while Japan might not be keen to join the US’s anti-Huawei quest in its current form, it is obviously keen to keep Washington on side. According to Reuters, it is seeking to strengthen its cooperation with the US on cybersecurity.

And furthermore, it is insistent it will take its own steps to reduce supply chain risks when procuring information and communications equipment, the newswire quoted Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato as saying.

Huawei is not out of the woods in Japan yet.

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52 comments

  1. Avatar Ghonzhauri 16/10/2020 @ 7:47 pm

    China and Japan are Asian tigers in every thing ,so why Americans want them to bow down to them,no that won’t work

  2. Avatar SAM SHAY 16/10/2020 @ 7:50 pm

    Finally, China’s rare earth elements embargo threats are having some result.

  3. Avatar Cletus the clown 16/10/2020 @ 9:04 pm

    Cute. But this is Japan. They are the least stupid of anyone when it comes to China.

  4. Avatar Ton 16/10/2020 @ 9:06 pm

    Following a mad man to avoid Huawei equipment, is a weak argument.
    The secret emails between Apple and Trump are clear: destroy Huawei, and Apple will go back to the US….. as promised.

  5. Avatar Sean 16/10/2020 @ 9:13 pm

    Free world countries need to get on board with divesting and containing China. Japan appears to be clwarly playing a game here of not overtly opposing China. Somewhat understandable give the history that the Chinese will never forget. But Japan along with the rest of the world needs to make opposing China as a strategic enemy a forthright policy.

  6. Avatar William Duff Lowes are you in love 16/10/2020 @ 11:49 pm

    China security laws are Claire back these companies have to turn over information anytime the government wants it and that means the army and you’re government cyber crew. If you want to be spied on put 5G by the Chinese in your system and anything you put up is already in their hands!

  7. Avatar Professional economic Advisor 17/10/2020 @ 12:12 am

    In a trade war, no one win in the end. The one one who think they can win is actually a looser who have no Education on Global trade. The true winner is the one who work together to growth jobs and trade.

  8. Avatar Henry 17/10/2020 @ 12:19 am

    United States is the master of slaves. Those nations who kowtow to their master will be blessed. But, should one use his brain instead knees?

  9. Avatar William Hill 17/10/2020 @ 12:20 am

    How can the world trust a techcompany run my communist scum which is at the forefront of human right abuses and is know for cutting corners look at the data centre in PNG , the US has its issues but is a free democracy I’d rather give my data to Washington then Xi president for life.

  10. Avatar happiman 17/10/2020 @ 12:26 am

    Japan holds the highest unfavorable view toward Chinese people(85%). 9 out of 10 Japanese do not trust CCP and its followers.
    Average Japanese think Chinese are rude and uncultured.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/30/national/record-high-85-japanese-view-china-unfavorably-despite-improving-ties-beijing-tokyo/#:~:text=Although%20bilateral%20ties%20between%20Beijing,with%20Japan's%20top%20Asian%20rival.

    At the same time, they are smart enough know how to please China and Us at the same time.

    • Avatar Lim K. A. 17/10/2020 @ 1:47 am

      So invading China and S.E. Asia by Japan is considered polite? Not to mention the countlesss number of lives lost. Nanjing Massacre is still very fresh in the minds of the Chinese. If you want to go suck up to these American mad dogs…do it secretly yourself!

    • Avatar Htan 17/10/2020 @ 7:10 am

      Japan owes China and all Chinese race the massacre of Chinese in Singapore, Malaysia, various parts in Asia besides China and The Nanjing Massacre. An illustrious history embedded in Japan History of the world BUT not in Japanese schools. Whereas Germany owns up to the WW2 killings. Mr Japan you cannot hide your sin. Hello Mr happiman!

    • Avatar cliz305 22/10/2020 @ 8:48 pm

      I don’t know how this survey you mentioned was done, but that is not my impression of how japanese people see chinese and ccp at all. At least not 85%…

  11. Avatar Gandalf 17/10/2020 @ 12:39 am

    China can’t handle the taste of its own medicine. Shame on the US for falling behind on 5G.

  12. Avatar Alvin Wong 17/10/2020 @ 12:40 am

    Japan killed millions of Chinese in Nanjing massacre during WW11. It is the Chinese that distrust the Militarist Japanese, not the other way. American killed millions of Japanese thru atomic bomb. And yet, they love American.
    Chinese never harm anyone of them.

    • Avatar Ali 17/10/2020 @ 1:45 am

      Japanese are a** licker’s and always will be, but they have good anime and video games 🙂

    • Avatar Old School 17/10/2020 @ 3:19 am

      CCP uses loan traps to lire corrupted leaders in other countries. Then it threatened them port, cities, military base, and etc in return.

    • Avatar happiman 17/10/2020 @ 3:58 am

      You don’t read any open, wildly available, except China,, history books. Chinese red army killed hundred thousands of innocent Korean civilians during Korean war. The evil Chinese Communist party killed millions of their own people during the bloody cultural revolution.

      Th Great Mao drove entire nation into famine and killed 30million peasants.

      You Chinese people enjoy to kill one another, and now threating your own people in Taiwan.
      It’s now Evil China vs. Nations.

      • Avatar happiman sana all 17/10/2020 @ 4:31 am

        history are history, what a leader did on the past does not equates a leader of the present. do you know why people back then eventually choosen to join or support the ccp instead of nationalist party? nationalist once dominated china and even has the milatary on thier power. people dont just wake up on the past and became what you so called evil and got brainwash, this is not fiction movie. if iam to say it like you; then during the american civil war, if the south are to win over the north, will you be calling the confedrates south an evil as they are pro slavery? ofcourse not, cause who knows what would have happen next, they could perform good to their economy and do the same thing bringing good to the american people of the past. just like this ccp govt brings out 100millions of their people out of a chaotic poverty at that time. iam for a all nation as one act, your a happiman but you seems to be promoting 1 nation agaist all?

      • Avatar Che 17/10/2020 @ 4:33 am

        The Japanese started ww2 attacking Korea first read your history.

      • Avatar ESPS 17/10/2020 @ 7:10 am

        What the fuck you happiman. Why are you so racist. Did the Chinese people offend you. If any Chinese offend you, that is individual not every. I suggest one day you happiman walking along the road will strike but lightning.

      • Avatar Htan 17/10/2020 @ 7:14 am

        Mr happiman you like those guys creators of trouble, A Screwdriver without spine and get screwed stirring up problems

    • Avatar George 17/10/2020 @ 3:59 am

      There’s a moral to that story – it tells you how best to treat Japan to stay on their good side.

    • Avatar happiman 17/10/2020 @ 4:08 am

      Bonus
      Not only Chinese people enjoy killing their own people, they developed even better way: human dish

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangxi_Massacre

      “Methods of slaughter included beheading, beating, live burial, stoning, drowning, boiling and disemboweling. In certain areas including Wuxuan County and Wuming District, massive human cannibalism occurred even though no famine existed; according to public records available, at least 137 people—perhaps hundreds more—were eaten by others and at least thousands of people participated in the cannibalism. Other researchers have pointed out that in a county alone, 421 people had been eaten, and there were reports of cannibalism across dozens of counties in Guangxi.”

      You savage Chinese people should be thankful that we don’t kill and eat you.

      • Avatar happiman sana all 17/10/2020 @ 4:50 am

        your conflicting yourself. what is your side really? i dont know about that event, but the event seems tobe chinese agaist chinese in a civil war. So your cared for those chinese that is being slaughter, right? but why would be you saying “savage chinese people s/b thankful that we dont kill and eat you”? 1. your blaming not the same people who did that act. like your blaming your neighbor for the killing of your other neighbor cause they are on a same neighborhood bit you did not included yourself in the blaming. 2. lots of gun massacre happens even in today present time and even in other countries as well. So can you make a story of that as well and say good thing you did not gun them down for what have happen. 3. you seems to hate chinese, so what you pointed out is a killing of a chinese in the past, your not happy still? but you said ” you chinese people…..” didnt this past chinese people did what you are “thankful that you did not do” Peace man. Happyman. Be One.

      • Avatar mark 17/10/2020 @ 4:56 am

        I am surprised you learnt Chinese history, did you learn US history ? maybe you need to go back and learn your own history before you criticise others. also you recognise Taiwan as China’s own, thumbs up for your Chinese history.

      • Avatar Ymf American 17/10/2020 @ 5:57 am

        I think you are idiotic ignorant person and have the history read wrong. It was Japanese aggression into mainland China and the Chinese sent volunteers to Korea to fight for North Korean. They could take over the country but retreat to let Korean govt themselves. You must be a loyal stupid Trump supporter because you think the same way. Go study more Asian history before quoting with wrong history background. Don’t just believe everything the Western media told you.

        • Avatar Michael 17/10/2020 @ 12:00 pm

          It is an interesting point you made that China pulled out.
          Be that as it may, we the people of world see China as our neighbour. The CCP is father drunk on power. He is stabbing the children he doesnt like to death, we can hear them screaming. Then he comes out in the morning with bloodstains on his shirt and calls us racist when we dont want to do business.
          And even then! We might have left China to its own nightmare. But that wasnt enough for the CCP was it? They are exporting their horrendous machine of population surveillance and suppression to any authoritarian dictators who want them. It is not an internal affair. Your morals so distorted you cannot believe we would care of another, much less a Chinese. This because you care so little for even your own, your self. Your leaders Express it, trusting populations like cattle; and worse.
          China birthed some wisdom. But we must be wiser than you now – see you even gave this knowledge up – what your wisest teachers taught. That in truth we are all One. And so because we know truth we care. We don’t care that you dont believe our motive. And do not require your consent.

        • Avatar happiman 17/10/2020 @ 9:02 pm

          It’s amazing to see there’s still remnants who support evil Communist party and believe in its delusional propaganda.
          Please stick to the evil side and live in your own dream.
          Tip for you: Be aware your beloved brothers, someday they might eat you.

          • Avatar Haha lho 20/10/2020 @ 12:45 am

            Too bad it’s to late to add the new chapter to your bible about Chinese virus and CCP being evil to kill and sanction them. The new China POWER is unstoppable. Racism never win.

      • Avatar Zeke Roberts 17/10/2020 @ 7:50 am

        You are ignorant, look up the Rape of Nanking and Unit 731. The Japanese continue today to refuse to acknowledge their war crimes.

    • Avatar Ian castro 17/10/2020 @ 5:45 am

      Yet now the CCP has killed millions and harming the world, the stability of peace in the Southeast Asian nations because of your governements greed and insatiable appetite for since time immemorial. Your constant bullying your neighbors wont help coverup all the propaganda. History is history… bringing history to cover up your a mad mans blind ambition and treachery wont work. Stop yakking about history because no present country is spared from horrible historical facts. What everyone is talking about is the present. Or are you still daydreaming you live in the past.

  13. Avatar Elias 17/10/2020 @ 12:57 am

    China is an evil, thieving communist dictatorship. All of their technology was stolen from Canada’s Nortel. They are not to be trusted.

  14. Avatar John white 17/10/2020 @ 1:30 am

    Only politically and economically can the west compete not by sheer brain power

  15. Avatar Farrukh 17/10/2020 @ 1:37 am

    The entire world understands that American animosity towards China has nothing to do with security but Jealousy that how China has overtaken them in 5G technology and broadly other scientific technologies.Their puppies in Europe namely Britain and few shifts there are wagging their tails to please them but Japanese still have some self respect left to tag along.

  16. Avatar 習進平 17/10/2020 @ 1:48 am

    When the US is not competitive, it just plays dirty.

  17. Avatar Legion 17/10/2020 @ 3:11 am

    The Japanese know that it’s not about security, the Americans are just jelious of the Chinese achievements. They don’t have the Will to compete with them so they are trying to destroy them.

  18. Avatar Thành 17/10/2020 @ 3:18 am

    The United States only wanted to help China 1.4 billion Chinese, to get the communists released their pressures on human rights and human wealth creation, the visionary of America is working well for China as the America first step of globalization by knowledge and innovation to eliminate poverty in the world

  19. Avatar David 17/10/2020 @ 4:02 am

    Of coz Japan will not fall into the trap of American technology imperialist.
    Japan never forget how America robbed and stole Toshiba Semiconductor technology and force Japan to sign the Plaza Accord that destroy Japan economy.

  20. Avatar Robin Wang 17/10/2020 @ 4:11 am

    You pretend not to know how many civilians are killed by USA bombing in japan, vietnam and middle east!
    Glad you can still be brain washed by USA media

  21. Avatar Pranas 17/10/2020 @ 4:40 am

    No need for extremism, but company trying to implant backdoors to Linux kernel must get serious punishment!!!

    • Avatar EC 17/10/2020 @ 4:41 pm

      you seem to be the smartest creature on earth able to find the backdoor that none of any others is able to, only that do NOT to be a parrot repeating others without using your own brain, unless of course if you do not have one, in which case you are execused to repeat others’ lies.

  22. Avatar Luiz Antônio Vieira 17/10/2020 @ 4:44 am

    Quanta ignorância…meu Deus! O q faz um merda ou dois de presidentes com seu gado…
    Lamentável!

  23. Avatar Salami P.T 17/10/2020 @ 6:01 am

    Chinese are humble people just dont provoke them. They know how to take their revenge wait and see it may take years so be patient.

  24. Avatar Edward Chong 17/10/2020 @ 7:10 am

    Communist PRC has killed and sickened the greatest number of people worldwide. By their cover up of Covid19 they caused it to spread across the world to practically every other country, infecting todate a total of 39.562 million and killing 1.109 million people worldwide.

    And it has been claimed that the virus that causes Covid-19 is an engineered bioweapon that leaked from their research lab Wuhan Institute of Virology.

    • Avatar Haha lho 20/10/2020 @ 12:48 am

      And where is the proof? You rather believe a liar, madman and racist….

  25. Avatar Maarit 17/10/2020 @ 7:31 am

    I must say, that when I visted China I was extremely curtiously treated and well taken care of there. People were very polite and helpful. I have never had a better phone than my Huawei. I have always received the merchandise I have ordered from China, it has been very well made and very reasonably priced.

  26. Avatar Ricky 17/10/2020 @ 9:13 am

    From what I’ve seen US just wants to controls other countries and always wants to show his the big brother to all… US just can’t accept that other country are better then him….. don’t get me wrong the US peoples are nice just the government is too much…. such as President Dum…. ops sorry I mean Trump 😅
    World war 1 & 2 was in the past…. let by gone be by gone…. now we all living in the millennium years so get it on and start a brand new future…..

  27. Avatar Andy Yong 17/10/2020 @ 10:24 am

    I don’t think Chinese Mainland people care how people think of their leaders as long as they bring in the livelihood opportunity. Haha actually Asian already quite well known for our ability on not bugging into other people’s business as were thought that each family will have skeletons in the closet. So we don’t look at things like western educated people do. As long as it gets done, it’s mission accomplished. We look for results from our leaders and not empty promise 😚😚😘💞🙏

  28. Avatar EC 17/10/2020 @ 4:32 pm

    Japan remembers its own pains caused by the u.s. for the same reason ad for Huawei, so why would it? The same logic applies to France if it remembers its own Co. destroyed the u.s. for identical reason.

  29. Avatar Navin Singhal 18/10/2020 @ 9:54 am

    Here the topic is 5G. Not the Nationalism.

  30. Avatar Rishi 18/10/2020 @ 12:14 pm

    Japan being lib right here, hope it doesn’t bites them back. Intresting development.

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