Beijing orders state offices to replace foreign PCs and software

Dec. 9, 2019
Communist party directive aims to boost domestic tech supply chain, report Yuan Yang and Nian Liu for the Financial Times.

BEIJING - 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, report Yuan Yang and Nian Liu for the Financial TimesContinue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

December 9, 2019- Earlier this year, American agencies were barred from buying equipment from China's Huawei, which is set to be enacted on February 16, 2020 after extensions were granted. The move was ostensibly to prevent electronic espionage. Neil Campling, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Mirabaud Securities told CNBC that the move from China has less to do with spying concerns, but rather precaution should the "trade war" continue and affect the state's ability to operate if reliant on foreign technology.

“That is something that China is looking at to make sure government operations are not affected by escalating tensions with the U.S.,” Campling told CNBC.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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