Huawei can sell its smartphones but may find itself blocked from 4G infrastructure projects in Taiwan. (File photo/Hung Hsi-lung)
Taiwan's National Security Bureau (NSB) will support a policy to bar the use of 4G telecommunication equipment manufactured by China's Huawei Technologies in Taiwan, the country's intelligence chief said Monday.
NSB director-General Tsai De-sheng made the promise at a hearing of the Legislative Yuan's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.
During the hearing, the committee passed a proposal asking the NSB to coordinate with other related government agencies in coming up with measures to prohibit or restrict Huawei from bidding for 4G telecommunication equipment.
The proposal was initiated by opposition lawmakers who said major countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia and India, have either barred or restricted Huawei from bidding in their 4G equipment tenders.
Taiwan should follow suit over intelligence security concerns, the lawmakers said.
Tsai said the 4G mobile spectrum licensing is being handled by the National Communication Commission and that the Legislature's Transportation Committee also passed a resolution on banning Chinese telecom equipment makers from bidding for Taiwan's 4G equipment orders. "It complies with our stance and we will faithfully implement the policy," Tsai said.
During the session, opposition lawmakers said several government agencies, including the Investigation Bureau, have purchased Huawei's E-173 Mobile Data Virtual Private Network. Such a practice should not repeat in 4G equipment bidding, they said.