updated 09:27 am EDT, Fri August 8, 2014
Apple never applied to be on energy-saving list, all parties say
The Chinese Central Government Procurement Center -- as well as the Finance Ministry, and Apple itself -- have all denied a recent Bloomberg report claiming that Apple had been deliberately excluded from procurement lists for security reasons, according to Reuters. It had been said that Chinese government agencies were newly banned from buying devices like iPads and MacBooks. All three parties involved now say, however, that Apple never applied to be on the list in question to begin with.
The list is in fact said to involve energy-saving products, rather than serve as an omnibus. "Even though Apple has the certification for energy-saving products... it has never provided the necessary verification material and agreements according to the regulations," the Finance Ministry adds in a statement.
The Chinese government has already cut out products from Microsoft, Symantec, and Kaspersky over security concerns. In particular it's believed to be worried about US intelligence agencies exploiting backdoors in tech products to spy on Chinese entities. The two countries have been spying on each other digitally for years, but tensions have escalated in the past year due to revelations about backdoors by Edward Snowden, and the US' indictment of five Chinese military officers in May on charges of industrial espionage.