Apple Dropped From China's Approved State Purchase Lists

Apple Dropped From China's Approved State Purchase Lists

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China has dropped Apple and other American companies from its approved state purchase lists, while adding thousands of locally made products, reports Reuters.

Chief casualty is U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government Procurement Center's (CGPC) list, but by late 2014 had none, a Reuters analysis of official data shows. Smartphone and PC maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has also been dropped over the period, along with Intel Corp's (INTC.O) security software firm McAfee and network and server software firm Citrix Systems (CTXS.O).

The number of approved products on the list has jumped by over 2,000 to just under 5,000 in two years. However, the number of approved foreign tech brands dropped by a third.

It's believed that the number of foreign approved products is down due to concerns over widespread Western cybersurveillance. An official at the agency said that local makers may be preferred due to the sheer weight of numbers and that they offer more product guarantees that overseas rivals.

Recently, it was reported that Apple agreed to allow China’s State Internet Information Office to run security audits on the products it sells in China. The country is apparently concerned that other governments are using Apple's devices for surveillance.

"The Snowden incident, it's become a real concern, especially for top leaders," said Tu Xinquan, Associate Director of the China Institute of WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. "In some sense the American government has some responsibility for that; (China's) concerns have some legitimacy."

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Apple Dropped From China's Approved State Purchase Lists

Roger Melly - February 28, 2015 at 12:56pm
China and Russia are building up for a war - stop making stuff in China and stop buying it..
Fakers - February 26, 2015 at 4:26pm
Chinese stuff are unreliable. I'm pretty sure they'll be **cked up at the long run.
MrParadox - February 26, 2015 at 8:34pm
You do realize that Apple products are made inside China factories, by Chinese workers right?...
ChinesePaperWeight - February 26, 2015 at 4:20pm
Good. Let them use their own bullshit crap and become as frustrated as the rest of us...
odedo1 - February 26, 2015 at 10:32pm
And then what? Prices of Apple parts and devices will go up? Better for us if the Chinese continue making Apple devices!!