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China Instructs Government Agencies to Cease Using iPhones in the Workplace

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According to reports, the Chinese government has directed government agencies to discontinue the use of iPhones and other foreign electronic devices in the workplace. This move is seen as another indication of the ongoing tension between the United States and China.

Government agency staff received instructions through workplace chat groups or meetings to cease using these devices, as revealed by sources cited by The Wall Street Journal.

Although the extent of the instructions is unclear, similar messages were reportedly communicated to specific government regulators.

The previous restrictions on the use of iPhones by certain agencies in China seem to have been expanded with this directive, emphasizing that it will be strictly enforced.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares experienced a 0.5% decline in pre-market trading on Wednesday.

Apple’s most recent quarterly results indicate that the company generated $15.75 billion in revenue from Greater China. Additionally, Greater China accounted for $57.48 billion in revenue for Apple during the nine months ending on July 1.

Seeking Alpha reached out to Apple for comment, but the company has yet to respond.

This action by the Chinese government can be interpreted as retaliation against the United States’ banning of certain Chinese products and services, including TikTok and Huawei, from government agencies in recent years.

Montana became the first U.S. state to ban TikTok for private citizens, with the law set to take effect next year.

The U.S. has also imposed export restrictions on semiconductor and semiconductor equipment sales to China, with Japan and the Netherlands following suit, all citing national security concerns.

In July, the influential Semiconductor Industry Association trade group, which includes members such as Intel (INTC), AMD (AMD), and Nvidia (NVDA), urged the Biden Administration to refrain from imposing further restrictions on semiconductor sales to China.

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