NEW YORK -- Ten Apple products, including its iPad and MacBook line, have been excluded from Chinese government procurement, reflecting deepening distrust of American technology among foreign officials in the wake of leaks about expansive US intelligence gathering.
According to Bloomberg, China's National Development and Reform Commission and its Ministry of Finance omitted Apple's products from a list published in July that specified technology products eligible for purchase with government funds. The products were reportedly present in a draft version of the list distributed in June. A month earlier, Microsoft learned Windows 8 would be ineligible for government procurement in China.
Chinese officials could not be reached for comment; Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
In May, Chinese officials said they would review foreign technology companies for potential security threats following the US indictment in absentia of five Chinese military officers for cyber espionage. That month, the Guardian reported that the National Security Agency routinely receives or intercepts technology products being shipped to customers outside the US to install backdoors for spying -- the very thing US government officials warned China's Huawei and ZTE might be doing in a 2012 report.
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