China bans federal officials from buying Apple products

China’s government has banned its ministries and federal agencies from buying Apple products, as a state-led campaign against US technology companies in China gathers momentum.

Ten Apple products including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro were left off a government procurement approved list distributed last month, after they were included in a June version of the list, Bloomberg and Chinese media reported on Wednesday. China is Apple’s second-biggest market, after the US.

Earlier this week, both foreign antivirus software companies in China, Kaspersky Lab of Russia and Symantec of the US, were also struck off the list.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2014.

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