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China refutes claim of government ban on Apple purchases

Published on Aug 8, 2014 7:12 PM
 
A salesman introduces products to customers at an Apple store in Beijing on Aug 8, 2014. Apple products such as laptops and tablets are not banned from Chinese government procurement lists, according to the country's chief procurement centre, refuting a report claiming Apple was blacklisted on national security concerns. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Apple products such as laptops and tablets are not banned from Chinese government procurement lists, according to the country's chief procurement centre, refuting a report claiming Apple was blacklisted on national security concerns.

According to a Bloomberg News report published on Wednesday, 10 Apple products, including MacBook laptops and iPad tablets, were taken off a government list of approved hardware due to security concerns.

The Central Government Procurement Centre, as well as the finance ministry and Apple, said the company never applied to be on the list in the first place.

The list that created the confusion this week involves energy-saving products, and is just one of a multitude of government procurement lists in China. Apple has never been on that list, the company said in emailed comments on Friday, declining to give more details.

 
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