China's Tech Shift: State Agencies and Companies Shun Apple Devices

Several Chinese agencies and state-backed companies have asked their staff not to use Apple phones and other devices in their workplace

by Sededin Dedovic
China's Tech Shift: State Agencies and Companies Shun Apple Devices
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In an alleged move to promote domestic technology, various Chinese agencies and state-backed companies have recently issued directives instructing their staff to refrain from using Apple phones and other devices in the workplace.

The development marks an intensification of China's long-standing efforts, spanning nearly a decade, to minimize reliance on foreign technology. The push to use local software and promote homegrown technology has gained momentum in recent months.

Employees in at least eight provinces, including state-owned companies and government departments, have been instructed to switch to using more locally produced brands. This comes after verbal directives issued in smaller cities during December last year, which mandate the use of exclusively domestic technology in smaller companies and agencies.

Apple has not responded, but its stock is falling

Apple, the prominent global technology giant, has not officially responded to this latest move by China. However, Apple shares fell slightly after the announcement, highlighting the potential impact of the Chinese government's push to increase reliance on domestic technology.

As China continues its quest to strengthen its domestic technology industry, the fate of foreign companies operating within its borders remains subject to ongoing developments in the country's technology policy.

War for Huawei

As early as 2019, in the so-called "War for Huawei", China banned American technology in all government institutions.

The government issued an order in Beijing ordering all public institutions to get rid of computer equipment that was manufactured in foreign countries. At that time, it was stated that China should replace all foreign products with local products by 2022, but this was not fully implemented because it is quite complex considering the size of the country and the number of administrations.

However, one question remains unclear as to how to define what a local product is, since local manufacturers such as the Chinese company Lenovo use chips from American Intel, while hard drives come from Korean Samsung. We will see how everything will affect the global technology scene and what Apple's response will be.

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