Furthering its push for self-reliance in technology, China is intensifying its stance against foreign devices like Apple’s iPhones within government agencies and state-affiliated enterprises. Bloomberg News, relying on insider sources, reports that numerous Chinese entities are urging their staff not to bring in foreign gadgets, particularly Apple devices, to their workplaces.
China has long aimed to diminish dependence on foreign tech, prompting state-linked entities, including banks, to transition to domestic software and bolster local semiconductor chip production over the past decade.
According to Bloomberg News, multiple government bodies and state-owned enterprises across at least eight provinces have recently directed their employees to favor homegrown brands. This directive signals a shift away from foreign devices in favor of supporting domestic alternatives.
As of now, Apple has not provided a response to Reuters’ request for comment regarding these developments.
In December, smaller organizations and agencies in secondary cities from provinces like Zhejiang, Shandong, Liaoning, and Hebei—home to the world’s largest iPhone manufacturing facility—reportedly issued informal instructions discouraging the use of foreign devices.