China’s aggressive policy towards U.S. tech giants doesn’t seem to end. In a severe backlash to the electronics giant, Chinese government has banned all Government related purchases of Apple products, according to a report by Blomberg.
Ten Apple products, including versions of the iPad tablet and MacBook laptop, have been omitted from a government procurement list distributed by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, Bloomberg News said. These products, now excluded, were earlier included in a June draft, Bloomberg added.
Neither Chinese Government officials, nor Apple official in China were available for immediate comment to Reuters.
This ban, comes after Chinese Government earlier banned Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, citing power concerns. China recently also started an anti-trust probe, against Microsoft on allegations of Monopoly. Analysts, have argued, that similar cases against Microsoft and other US tech giants, are a clear indication of China’s concern over technological dependencies on the U.S.
Earlier in June, China’s State-run China Central Television had said in a report, that Apple’s location-tracking software on iPhone could potentially lead to the disclosure of state secrets. Apple, in repsonse, had denied any such activity.