China states it hasn’t prohibited iPhones or foreign gadgets for federal government

China says it hasn't banned iPhones or foreign devices for government

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China has actually not set up any laws or guidelines forbiding civil servant from utilizing or purchasing foreign phones, the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday, dealing with media reports that stated federal government staffers had actually been prohibited from utilizing Apple iPhones.

“China has not issued any laws, regulations or policy documents prohibiting the purchase and use of mobile phones from foreign brands such as Apple,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative stated at a frequently set up instruction Wednesday in Beijing.

Apple shares dipped as much as 4% recently after The Wall Street Journal reported that staffers at main federal government companies had actually been prohibited from utilizing iPhones for work and even from bringing the mobile phones into federal government workplaces, mentioning individuals familiar. Bloomberg reported that China prepared to extend the restriction to government-backed companies and state-owned business, mentioning individuals familiar.

The Journal reported that the guidelines were provided verbally or in chat groups however that there was not official assistance on the matter. The Foreign Ministry particularly rejected the presence of any main policy disallowing foreign phone usage however did not deal with the casual assistance reported by the Journal.

Apple shares were down less than 1% in early trading Wednesday, a day after the business revealed the brand-new iPhone 15.

The action from the Foreign Ministry representative likewise kept in mind undefined “security incidents” connected to iPhones.

“We have indeed noticed recently that many media have exposed security incidents related to Apple mobile phones,” the representative stated. “The Chinese government attaches great importance to information and network security.”

CNBC’s Eunice Yoon added to this report.