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Trade war

Beijing orders state offices to replace foreign PCs and software

New directive aims to boost domestic tech supply chain

The directive to replace all foreign kit within three years echoes similar protectionist efforts by the Trump administration   © Reuters

BEIJING (Financial Times) -- Beijing has ordered all government offices and public institutions to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years, in a potential blow to the likes of HP, Dell and Microsoft.

The directive is the first publicly known instruction with specific targets given to Chinese buyers to switch to domestic technology vendors, and echoes efforts by the Trump administration to curb the use of Chinese technology in the US and its allies.

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