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Government to expand ban on Chinese tech products

2019/01/24 18:36:56

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌)

Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) The Executive Yuan made the decision Thursday to expand its ban on Chinese tech products, a move that will prohibit employees at all agencies affiliated to the central government and state-run companies from using such products for work-related purposes.

"This is a move that the government must make to safeguard Taiwan's national security," Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said.

Jian Hong-wei (簡宏偉), director of the Executive Yuan's Department of Cyber Security, said the tightened ban will bar all government agencies from purchasing Chinese software and hardware products and services in principle unless they obtain government approval.

The Executive Yuan's order follows bans issued earlier this month by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the Institute for Information Industry, both of which are affiliated to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Executive Yuan spokesperson Kolas Yotaks said the cyber security department is scheduled to publish principles on how government agencies should handle the issue of Chinese telecommunication products in late January and will make public a list of banned products in March.

"The new measure is not aimed at preventing Chinese investment from entering Taiwan. Rather, it is aimed at serving as a reminder to government agencies that national security must be taken into account when purchasing software, hardware and telecommunication equipment," she said.

According to Kolas, the Public Construction Commission already notified government agencies as far back as 2008 and again in 2012 that they should bar firms using Chinese equipment or services from participating in their procurement contracts.

(By Ku Chuang and Flor Wang)