China Moves to Ban Foreign Tech from State Offices

According to Bloomberg and other sources, the Chinese government is moving to have all foreign technology, including hardware and software, removed from state offices.

It’s not clear yet if printers and MFPs would be affected, but as computer peripherals, there’s a good chance that they would be. China could replace those printers and MFPs with those made by Pantum –  the first China-brand printer company. Virtually all makers of printers and MFPs would be affected if printers and MFPs are included. Meanwhile, HP Inc. PCs would most likely be affected.

The move comes as part of China’s strategy to become independent of foreign technology makers. Hardware and software makers that would definitely be affected include Microsoft, Apple, and makers overs of PCs such as Dell and HP. Lenovo, which is owned by Chinese interests, could supply PCs, smartphones, and laptops to the Chinese state offices.

The Financial Times reported that China’s Communist Party’s Central Office earlier this year ordered state offices and public institutions to shift away from foreign hardware and software. Beijing will likely replace as many as 20 million computers at government agencies with domestic products over the next three years, according to research from China Securities.

Bloomberg News reported in 2014 that China was aiming to purge most foreign technology from its banks, the military, government agencies and state-owned enterprises by 2020. The country’s Made in China 2025 plan also set out specific goals for technology independence.

China’s goal is to substitute 30 percent of hardware in state agencies next year, 50 percent in 2021, and 20 percent in 2022. Analysts at China Securities have estimated that around 30 million pieces of computer hardware will need to be removed now, with large-scale replacement beginning next year.

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