China has been axing major US technology companies from its government purchasing list in support of local brands. Some analysts believe fears over NSA spy technology could possibly be to blame.
The list of products for the Central Government Procurement Center (CGPC), which is already approved by the Chinese Ministry of Finance, includes over 5,000 products, 2,000 of that have been added in the past couple of years, and almost entirely from domestic companies. Those types of products, foreign brands have fallen by a third, and among security-related products, by a half. As of couple of years ago, Cisco Systems had 60 items on the list, but now has none. Among other programs, whose products were excluded from the list are Intel’s security brand McAfee, Apple, and Citrix.