Taiwanese government agencies have been banned from using telecommunications services or equipment that pose a national threat, Taipei said on Friday, mirroring a similar move by the United States last year.
The ban, which was based on an executive order Premier Su Tseng-chang approved on Thursday, was targeted at all "dangerous countries", which "no doubt includes China", said the spokeswoman of the Executive Yuan, the self-ruled island's cabinet.
The measure, which came into force Thursday and is retroactive, bans government agencies from buying or using telecommunications products and services considered to pose direct or indirect risks undermining the Taiwan's communications safety, government operations or social security.
A blacklist of producers, developers, manufacturers and suppliers of such services or equipment will be made available soon and examined regularly. Permission must be obtained if services or equipment on the list are deemed absolutely necessary.
The measure will be applied to existing technology services or equipment at more than 10,000 government agencies, including the central government, local authorities, public schools and providers of key infrastructure.
Earlier this year, Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute as well as the Institute for Information Industry said that users of products manufactured by China's Huawei Technologies would be barred from access to their intranet for the sake of information security.
Following allegations of spying risks of telecommunications technology made by Huawei, many governments around the world have banned its equipment.
US President Donald Trump signed a bill in August that barred the US government from using telecommunications equipment manufactured by Huawei and ZTE Corp, another Chinese telecoms equipment maker, due to security issues.
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