Chinese Agencies and State Firms Discourage Use of Foreign Devices, Including iPhones

Chinese Agencies and State Firms Discourage Use of Foreign Devices, Including iPhones

In continuing China’s efforts to reduce dependence on foreign technologies, multiple state-backed companies and government agencies in at least eight provinces have recently advised employees against using Apple iPhones and other foreign devices.

This directive aligns with China’s long-standing goal to enhance self-sufficiency in technology, urging state-affiliated entities to transition to domestic software and encouraging the growth of local semiconductor chip manufacturing. The move is part of a broader strategy to bolster reliance on homegrown technology solutions.

Over the past months, various state firms and government departments in different provinces have reportedly instructed their employees to opt for local brands rather than foreign devices. This shift indicates China’s persistent push to promote and support its technology industry, reducing reliance on international counterparts.

In December, similar directives were issued by smaller firms and agencies in lower-tier cities, including those in the provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong, Liaoning, and Hebei. Notably, Hebei is home to the world’s largest iPhone factory. This is not the first instance of such directives; in September, employees in several ministries and government bodies were instructed not to use iPhones.

While the reasons for discouraging the use of foreign devices, particularly iPhones, were not explicitly outlined, it reflects the broader geopolitical landscape and China’s emphasis on technology independence. The move may impact Apple’s market presence in China, one of its key markets, where it faces competition from local smartphone manufacturers.

Apple has not yet responded to requests for comments on the matter. The company’s shares experienced a marginal decline, trading at $196.50 in extended trading. As the situation unfolds, it raises questions about the potential consequences for foreign technology companies operating in China and how this trend might shape the country’s technology landscape in the coming years.

TechGolly editorial team led by Al Mahmud Al Mamun. He worked as an Editor-in-Chief at a world-leading professional research Magazine. Rasel Hossain and Enamul Kabir are supporting as Managing Editor. Our team is intercorporate with technologists, researchers, and technology writers. We have substantial knowledge and background in Information Technology (IT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Embedded Technology.

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