China’s protectionism intensifies in defiance of WTO rules: world’s leading technology brands dropped from approved state purchase lists

China Daily Mail

Workers prepare for the opening of an Apple store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Workers prepare for the opening of an Apple store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

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 cybersurveillance.

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 Inc, which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government Procurement Centre’s list, but by late 2014 had none, a Reuters analysis of official data shows.

Smartphone and PC maker Apple Inc has also been dropped over the period, along with Intel Corp‘s security software firm McAfee and network and server software firm Citrix Systems.

The number of products on the list, which covers regular spending by central ministries, jumped by…

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