原文标题：China boots Apple, others, off state purchase list
China boots Apple, others, off state purchase list
China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cyber surveillance.
Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China’s domestic technology industry from competition.
Chief casualty is U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems, 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.
The number of products on the list, which covers regular spending by central ministries, jumped by more than 2,000 in two years to just under 5,000, but the increase is almost entirely due to local makers.
The number of approved foreign tech brands fell by a third, while less than half of those with security-related products survived the cull.
An official at the procurement agency said there were many reasons why local makers might be preferred, including sheer weight of numbers and the fact that domestic security technology firms offered more product guarantees than overseas rivals.
China’s change of tack coincided with leaks by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden in mid-2013 that exposed several global surveillance program, many of them run by the NSA with the cooperation of telecom companies and European governments.
“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.”
Cybersecurity has been a significant irritant in U.S.-China ties, with both sides accusing the other of abuses.
MajorT I can only say that if Apple is on the US government’s list, American citizens should be concerned. ($1,000 for an office computer?)
Sam They put lead in our toys. So we put tracking chips into their computers. Now, how about we make a list of things made in China we will stop buying. Let’s start with tools and eating in Chinese owned restaurants throughout the U.S. Two can play this game with or without our Great Leader Obama and his blessings.
AKLady Sam You simply cannot go two minutes without insulting the President. Is this some form of contest to see who can cause themost embarrassment to America before the world?
OHHHBROTHER China is great. Since they are communist, they don’t care about middlemen, distributors, retailers, brokers, etc. I purchased an OEM Delco part that is made in china for chevy direct from the chinese manufacturer through aliexpress for 1/100th of the price of the exact same part from my local parts store.
Delco saves 4 cents in labor by using a china manufacturing company and has cut their own throat on the mark up….ha ha ha ha