A broader ban on Chinese state employees using Apple iPhones is unsurprising and is aimed at limiting market access for Western companies, the chairman of the House panel told Reuters on Thursday. US representatives on China.
“This is classic Chinese Communist Party (CCP) behavior: promoting the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) national telecommunications champions and slowly restricting market access for Western companies,” U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher said. in an emailed statement.
“American tech companies looking to get closer to the CCP need to understand that time is running out,” added Gallagher, a Republican.
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In recent weeks, China has tightened restrictions on the use of iPhones by state employees, asking staff in at least three government departments and agencies to stop using their Apple cellphones at work, it has been reported. Reuters on Thursday, following earlier information from the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.
Apple shares fell amid reports amid fears of retaliation amid rising US-China tensions. Shares of the company were down about 3% as of midday Thursday.
Apple and China’s State Council Information Office, which handles media inquiries on behalf of the government, did not respond to requests for comment on the reported ban.