Taiwan media reported on Wednesday, November 23, that the island will ban Chinese IT products in public places and institutions.
The announcement was given by Pan Wen-Chung, head of Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, at an event in Taipei last Saturday, November 19.
He explained that a new special law on information safety has been added to the second project to make universities better and more competitive.
Within those special rules are ways to handle products that might endanger the country’s information security.
Following the announcement, many universities in Taiwan said they would get rid of Chinese IT products it was using at an early stage.
According to President Li Tsai-Yen of Taiwan’s National Chengchi University, the measure applies to all products that can connect to the internet. It includes computers, printers, closed-circuit TVs, drones, and computers in restaurants and convenience stores inside and outside school areas.
In a recent report about national security risks caused by Chinese products, Taiwan’s Ministry of Digital Affairs said that Taiwan’s government agencies used almost 6,500 IT devices that are made in China.
The Chinese risk is real. In August, US House Representative Nancy Pelosi went to Taiwan on an unprecedented state visit. At that time, a Chinese cyber attack was thought to be happening.
In 7/11 convenience stores across the country, monitor display systems were allegedly hacked, showing a message that read, “Warmonger Pelosi, get out of Taiwan.”