Lithuania is trying to ban “untrusted” calls after China’s censorship concerns

File Photo: The Xiaomi logo will be seen in Bangalore, India, January 18, 2018. REUTERS / Abhishek N. Chinnappa / File Photo

September 24, 2021

By Andrius Sytas

Vilnius (Reuters) -The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has drafted a bill banning state agencies from buying “unreliable” devices after finding censorship on China’s smartphone company’s flagship mobile phone. Margiris Abkevisius, Deputy Minister of Defense, said.

The censorship feature of Xiaomi’s Mi 10T 5G phone software is turned off in the “European Union”, but can be turned on remotely at any time, the country’s National Cyber ​​Security Center said in a report Tuesday.

A Xiaomi spokesman said in a statement sent to Reuters Wednesday that the device “does not censor communications with users.”

The Pentagon is currently drafting a bill banning the procurement of “unreliable” devices, including smartphones, by public agencies, with the aim of submitting it to Congress for debate by the end of this year, Abkevisius said. I told Reuters.

“It’s very clear that the outcome of the law will be similar to the outcome of previous legislation on 5G devices,” he said.

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei protested in May after the Lithuanian parliament declared that only equipment approved by the government for national security reasons could be used for the country’s next-generation 5G network.

“It’s not news that Lithuania has made a political decision to cooperate with technology with democratic and rule-of-law NATO and EU countries,” Abukevicius said.

According to a National Cyber ​​Security Center report, terms that may be censored by the Xiaomi phone’s system app, such as the default Internet browser, include “free Tibet,” “long-lived Taiwanese independence,” and ” Includes “Democratic Movement”.

Xiaomi Corp’s share price fell nearly 5% on Wednesday to HK $ 21.95, the largest daily decline since July 27.

China demanded that Lithuania resign as Beijing’s ambassador and recall its envoy to Vilnius after Taiwan announced last month that it would call its mission in Lithuania a Taiwan representative office.

Taiwanese delegations in the West use the name of Taipei City, avoiding references to the island itself, which China claims to be its territory.

US President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan last week emphasized his support for Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonite in the face of pressure from China.

(Report by Andrius Sytas of Vilnius, edited by Jane Merriman)

Lithuania is trying to ban “untrusted” calls after China’s censorship concerns

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