Guidelines on Chinese tech product ban to be published: Cabinet

Taipei, Cabinet spokesperson Kolas Yotaka said Wednesday that Executive Yuan cyber security officials will publish detailed guidelines on how central government agencies should handle the issue of Chinese telecommunication products before the end of January.

Kolas made the remarks when asked by reporters on the sidelines of an annual awards ceremony celebrating the country's top 10 outstanding farmers.

The guidelines to be made public by the Executive Yuan's Department of Cyber Security apply to agencies affiliated to the central government, including the Executive Yuan, all ministries and their agencies.

"Private individuals will not be included," she noted, when talking about a ban that prohibits employees at all government agencies and state-run companies from using Chinese tech products for work-related purposes.

The ban will also bar government employees from purchasing Chinese software and hardware products and services unless they obtain government approval.

"This is a move the government must make to safeguard Taiwan's national security," Premier Su Tseng-chang said last week.

The government's move to ban Chinese tech products came following a similar move by major western nations to squeeze China-based telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. out of their markets, citing national security concerns over allegations the company could be engaged in espionage in their countries.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel