20 September 2019

Beijing bans Apple products from state purchases

China has banned 10 Apple products from government purchases over security concerns, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing official sources.

These include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. They were excluded from a government procurement list distributed in July, the report said.

The ban applies to government agencies, local governments and all departments under the Communist Party.

The products were on a revised list drafted in June by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance, the report said.

Also banned were certain purchases from Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. The government will review the list in January.

Apple is the latest technology company to lose business with Chinese government agencies since Beijing tightened scrutiny of foreign companies after revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden about widespread spying by the United States government.

Chinese government departments have been ordered to stop buying antivirus software from Symantec Corp. and Kaspersky Lab.

Microsoft Corp. was excluded from a government procurement list for energy-efficient computers.

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