Recently there was news about Chinese government banning the purchase Of Apple devices which were bought with public money for official use by government officials. The ban was put on ten Apple products due to security concerns that included iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
According to a recent report by Chinese language publication Caixin, it was not a complete ban; however, these Apple products were not part of the semi-annual “shopping list” of energy-saving products which were approved for purchase with public money. A source familiar with the government’s appropriations system said Apple’s exclusion is in no way a ban as was widely reported but, in fact, a simple filing error.
Bloomberg which reported the ban also noted that China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance had excluded the iPad, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro from its latest procurement list.
Apple is the latest U.S. technology company to be excluded from Chinese government purchases amid escalating tensions between the countries over claims of hacking and cyberspying. China’s procurement agency told departments to stop buying antivirus software from Symantec Corp. and Kaspersky Lab, while Microsoft Corp. was shut out of a government purchase of energy-efficient computers.
“When the government stops the procurement of products, it sends a signal to corporates and semi-government bodies,” said Mark Po, an analyst with UOB Kay Hian Ltd. in Hong Kong. “The Chinese government wants to make sure that overseas companies shouldn’t have too much influence in China.”