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US-China tensions

China expands iPhone ban to local governments, state-owned firms

Concern over big market drags Apple's shares down by $190bn in capitalization

An Apple store in Beijing. Greater China accounted for about 20% of Apple's sales in the April-June period this year, and assembly of iPhones is also centered in Chinese factories.   © Kyodo

GUANGZHOU -- China's restrictions on the use of iPhones by central government employees are expanding to local governments and state-owned companies, Nikkei has learned.

Central ministries and agencies have restricted the use of foreign-brand products in official business since around 2020. Such curbs have since been expanded to employees of local governments, including prefectures, and cities, and state-owned enterprises since around August this year, sources, including a government employee, told Nikkei.

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