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Japan won't join U.S. plan to exclude Chinese firms from telecom networks: report

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Japan has told the United States that Tokyo will not, at the moment, join Washington's plan to exclude Chinese firms from telecommunications networks, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Friday, citing several sources.

Japan will take its own steps to respond in case there are worries over security issue, while Tokyo will cooperate with the United States, the paper said.

The U.S. State Department published in August an update of a plan called the "Clean Network" calling for telecom companies, cloud service providers, and mobile apps of Chinese origin to be kept out of the United States.

The United States is pressing allies to bar Huawei from next generation 5G mobile phone networks on security grounds.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the "Clean Network" plan when he met Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo earlier this month, the Yomiuri said.

Japan told the United States that Tokyo cannot join a framework which excludes a specific nation but will reconsider if there is any change to the current U.S. plan, according to the report.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, the top government spokesman, responded to the Yomiuri report by saying his understanding was there was no exchange of views on the "Clean Network" plan during the meeting between Pompeo and Motegi but the U.S. explained its overall cybersecurity efforts.

"Our nation wants to continue to strengthen cooperation in the area of cybersecurity with the U.S." Kato said during a news conference on Friday.

Japan will also take steps to secure cybersecurity safety by taking steps to reduce supply chain risks when procuring information and communication equipment, he said.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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Glad to hear this! Japan should join the rising China, and decouple from the sinking US. China is the future.

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Japan told the United States that Tokyo cannot join a framework which excludes a specific nation but will reconsider if there is any change to the current U.S. plan, according to the report.

How can Japan wish to join 5 eyes when it can't even understand strategic plans with global security implications?

It's not a framework to exckude a particular nation, it's a framework for reshaping national and global relations based on reciprocity.

Can Japanese companies operate as freely in China as Chinese companies operate in Japan?

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Japan told the United States that Tokyo cannot join a framework which excludes a specific nation

Well said!

@Sh1mon M4sada Japan isn't interested in four or five eyes. All they want is war with China, at Japan and Asia's expense.

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Japan isn't interested in four or five eyes. All they want is war with China, at Japan and Asia's expense.

Xi has told everyone in China to prepare for war and you say it is the west who wants war? Your eyes are closed and all you hear is Chinese propaganda.

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How can Japan wish to join 5 eyes when it can't even understand strategic plans with global security implications?

It's not a framework to exckude a particular nation, it's a framework for reshaping national and global relations based on reciprocity.

Can Japanese companies operate as freely in China as Chinese companies operate in Japan?

Read between the lines a little. Japan is being diplomatic. In the end they will follow all the "Clean Network" protocols because they make sense from a security stand point but won't call it that. And if the Americans are smart, they won't lean on Japan to openly say they are following the "Clean Network" protocols but will instead keep their lips zipped and look at what Japan does instead.

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