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China denies government ban on Apple iPads, Macbooks

Says Apple never applied to be on procurement list
Fri Aug 08 2014, 15:53
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THE GLORIOUS People's Republic of China has denied that Apple products have been banned from its government procurement list, claiming that the firm has never been on it.

In a statement sent to Reuters, the Central Government Procurement Centre, as well as the finance ministry and Apple, said the iPhone-maker never applied to be on the list relating to energy-saving products, adding that it has never been included on it.

A finance ministry statement read, "Even though Apple has the certification for energy-saving products... it has never provided the necessary verification material and agreements according to the regulations."

While Apple is not included on the list, China has said that Apple products - including iPads and Macbooks - can still be purchased by the government.

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that China has excluded 10 Apple products - including the iPad, iPad Mini, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro - from its July procurement list - a move that meant these products cannot be bought by government bodies due to security concerns.

The report failed to mention the iPhone, despite China state media having claimed last month that the smartphone is a "national security threat" due to its built-in location tracking technology.

Apple was quick to slam these reports, saying, "Apple is deeply committed to protecting the privacy of all our customers. Unlike many companies, our business does not depend on collecting large amounts of personal data about our customers.

"We are strongly committed to giving our customers clear and transparent notice, choice and control over their information, and we believe our products do this in a simple and elegant way."

While the report has since been proven false, China has recently banned multiple foreign technology firms from the country. Just last week China removed antivirus software from Symantec and Kaspersky from its dwindling procurement list, following its earlier ban on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.

Mark Po, a Hong Kong-based analyst, said in a statement reported by Bloomberg, "When the government stops the procurement of products, it sends a signal to corporates and semi-government bodies.

"The Chinese government wants to make sure that overseas companies shouldn't have too much influence in China." µ


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