The Chinese government has removed Apple along with other prominent U.S. technology vendors from its state purchase lists in favor of local vendors. According to Reuters, the change comes on the heels of cybersecurity concerns, with Chinese government officials reported to be wary of surveillance from Western government agencies.
Other US technology firms whose products were removed include networking equipment manufacturer Cisco, Intel's McAfee and network and server software maker Citrix. The report highlights how the total number of products on the Central Government Procurement Center (CGPC) list increased by 2,000 to nearly 5,000 from 2012 to 2014, with a bulk of the new products manufactured by local vendors:
To allay security concerns in its consumer products, Apple moved Chinese users' iCloud user data to servers located in China, and reportedly agreed to a security inspection by China's State Council Informatization Office to remove doubts of any software backdoors that can be leveraged by the U.S. governement. However, anonymous sources cited by the Reuters revealed that the change was in fact enforced to favor Chinese technology firms:
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