The Chinese government and US technology companies do not seem to get along too well . For several years now, the list of US technology products whose purchase by any agency of the Chinese government is prohibited has been growing steadily, and now stands at some 5000 products whose purchase for government use is banned .
The decision of the Chinese government to ban more and more US products is framed within the climate of mutual distrust between the Asian and American powers regarding cyber security and espionage , two aspects that are already key to the national security of all countries in the world, and in which technology companies play a quite relevant role.
These decisions contrast with the opinion of general consumers , both in China, where the expansion of the iPhone and Apple products seems to be going well , and in the United States, where a few days ago Hugo Barra was giving a conference to announce Xiaomi’s plans to land, albeit lukewarmly , on the US market
Some of those affected by the decisions of the Chinese government, besides Apple, have been McAfee, Cisco, or Citrix. In addition to cyber security , it is suggested that China may be trying to empower Chinese domestic companies , improving their government contracts and supporting them economically as much as possible to ensure their further international expansion as well as increase Chinese domestic consumption . According to the government itself, Chinese companies could replace American ones in everything, and moreover, with even more guarantees.
Apple, in the interest of not suffering retaliation from the Chinese government affecting the distribution and sale of the iPhone and other products to the ordinary consumer, has agreed, inter alia, to move the data of iCloud users from China to China or to undergo any other arbitrary security inspection.