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Chinese Administrations Requested to Stop Using US Computers and Software

A Huawei factory in Guangdong Province, China, in March. Kin Cheung / AP

Software and computers “foreign” will be banned by the end of 2022, in all the Chinese administrations, reveals the Financial Times, which reveals the contents of a confidential directive of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. The text, whose main thrust has been confirmed in the British economic daily by several sources in the industry, provides for a replacement in three annual installments of software and computers and is aimed primarily at equipment designed or manufactured in the United States. According to the estimates of Financial Times, 20 to 30 million computers would be affected and should be replaced by products from Lenovo or other Chinese manufacturers.

This directive appears to be a direct response to measures taken by the United States, which have blocked the use of Chinese products in a number of infrastructure including those designed by Huawei, suspected of industrial espionage in the United States. China and the United States accuse each other of using “back doors” in their products for diplomatic, political or industrial espionage purposes. These blockages also took place in the context of a start of a trade war between China and the United States, the latter having taken a series of customs measures aimed at imports of electronic equipment made in China, including mobile phones.

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Discussions in progress

Beijing announced Monday, hope to conclude ” as soon as possible “ a trade agreement with Washington, said the vice minister of commerce, a few days before the possible entry into force of new US tariffs. “We hope that both parties can, on the basis of fairness and mutual respect, move the negotiations forward and, taking into account the overriding interests of each, reach as soon as possible an agreement that will satisfy all world “Ren Hongbin told reporters.

The removal of US software and computers from all Chinese administrations would present significant challenges because of the tight interweaving of global production and software development chains.

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