FT: Beijing orders state offices to replace foreign PCs and software

Marco Green
December 9, 2019

Beijing has ordered all government offices and public institutions to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years, in a potential blow to the likes of HP, Dell and Microsoft.

The ban mirrors Donald Trump's clampdown on the use of Chinese technology, as a bitter trade feud between the two countries escalates.

Earlier this year, Washington banned U.S. companies from doing business with Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei, and is looking at ways to help funnel money to its European rivals.

By excluding China from western know-how, the Trump administration has made it clear that the real battle is about which of the two economic superpowers the technological edge has for the next two decades.

China wants to see its government and public institutions using brand made on home soil including Huawei, OPPO, and others - and is a retaliatory knee-jerk reaction to recent troubles with its relations with the Trump administration and United States government.

The Financial Times' explosive piece adds that analysts over at China Securities estimate Beijing's orders will see 20-30 million devices needing to be replaced.

The FT reported that the latest order came from the Chinese Communist Party's Central Office earlier this year. The news agency said it confirmed the new directive with employees of a private cyber-security firm, who were also aware of the new policy after interacting with their respective government clients. Government offices already tend to use Lenovo's desktop computers, following the company's acquisition of U.S. giant IBM's personal computer division.

"Cutting off technical services to Huawei will be a real turning point in China's overall research and development and use of domestic chips", he said in a social media post.

His administration banned USA companies from doing business with Huawei Technologies this year and blacklisted other Chinese firms.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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