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China Orders Government, State Firms to Dump Foreign PCs

  • Beijing aims to drive foreign PCs out of government, SOEs
  • Campaign could kick out at least 50 million foreign-made PCs
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WATCH: China is ordering state firms to replace their foreign-branded PCs with domestic alternatives within two years.Source: Bloomberg
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China has ordered central government agencies and state-backed corporations to replace foreign-branded personal computers with domestic alternatives within two years, marking one of Beijing’s most aggressive efforts so far to eradicate key overseas technology from within its most sensitive organs.

Staff were asked after the week-long May break to turn in foreign PCs for local alternatives that run on operating software developed domestically, people familiar with the plan said. The exercise, which was mandated by central government authorities, is likely to eventually replace at least 50 million PCs on a central-government level alone, they said, asking to remain anonymous discussing a sensitive matter.