U.S and Japan to collaborate on economic security including 5G technology

On Saturday, the United States and Japan agreed to start a dialogue on economic security which includes 5G mobile networks as well as the export of civilian technology that also has military use, reported Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper.

On Friday, the U.S. administration moved to block the global supply of chips to Chinese 5G equipment giant Huawei Technologies.

The Yomiuri’s report citing anonymous sources said, Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat, the U.S. National Security Council and the U.S. Commerce Department are scheduled to participate and could hold their first meeting by the end of this year.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

The development comes in the wake of the United States blacklisting China’s Huawei citing national security threats from its 5G equipment which could provide a back door for espionage purposes to Chinese intelligence.

Huawei has denied this claim.

The U.S. government is also dissuading other countries from using Huawei’s equipment in their future communication networks.

On its part, the Japanese government has effectively blocked Huawei, and ZTE Corp’s equipment from its communication networks.

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