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China's iPhone Ban Gets Tougher—Bloomberg News

China's iPhone Ban Gets Tougher—Bloomberg News
According to Bloomberg News, which cited sources familiar with the situation on Friday, more Chinese government agencies and state-backed businesses nationwide have instructed their employees to refrain from bringing Apple iPhones and other foreign gadgets to work.
China has been working to lessen its dependency on foreign technologies for more than ten years. To this end, it has encouraged the production of semiconductor chips domestically and asked state-affiliated companies, including banks, to convert to local software.
Employees in at least eight provinces, including state-owned businesses and government offices, have been told to start carrying local products during the last month or two, according to a report by Bloomberg News.
There were no comments on the issue from Apple in the report.
According to a report by Bloomberg News, in December, smaller companies and organisations located in lower-class areas in provinces such as Zhejiang, Shandong, Liaoning, and central Hebei—home to the largest iPhone production globally—issued their own verbal directions.
At least three ministries and government agencies instructed their employees not to use iPhones while on the job, according to a September Reuters story.
In extended trading, Apple's shares were slightly lower at $196.50.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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