Chinese Government Phasing Out Foreign Hardware, Software

Chinese Government Phasing Out Foreign Hardware, Software

The Chinese government told Chinese government offices and public institutions that they need to remove all foreign software and computer equipment within three years, according to a report by the Financial Times.

As per the government directive, Chinese buyers must replace all existing foreign computer equipment within the next three years, a first such public instruction in the country.

News of the directive comes after the Trump administration moved in May to restrict United States companies from doing business with the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. On the same grounds, the White House pressured its allies in Europe and beyond to deny Huawei entrance to their 5G networks. The plan will target another 50 percent of the equipment in 2021, and the remaining 20 percent will be replaced in 2022. As per their estimates, the Chinese directive necessitates replacement of 20 mn to 30 mn pieces of hardware beginning next year.

The US has also blacklisted other Chinese technology firms implicated in human rights abuses of Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang region. Unlike previous pushes for self-sufficiency, recent U.S. sanctions have added urgency to the project, said analyst Paul Triolo of consultancy Eurasia Group.

China internally refers to the policy as "3-5-2" which is indicative of the pace at which replacements will be carried out. But government agencies are responsible for only part of it, with private companies unlikely to switch to domestic products voluntarily, one cybersecurity analyst opined.

The situation with PCs also remains unclear - the biggest Chinese producer of computers, Lenovo, is indeed capable of delivering domestically-assembled PCs to the government since it fully acquired IBM's personal computer business in 2005.

But analysts say that it will be hard to replace software with domestic alternatives, since most software vendors develop products for popular US-made operating systems such as Microsoft's Windows and Apple's macOS.

China's homemade operating systems, such as Kylin OS, have a much smaller ecosystem of developers producing compatible software.

The impact of the 3-5-2 policy could be significant since the government can control procurement for the agencies covered under the policy, another cyber security analyst said.

Related Articles

  • No single e-cigarette brand linked to vaping-related lung injuries — CDC

    Preliminary data indicate hospitalizations peaked in mid-September and have been declining since, officials said. Illicit vaping cartridge makers should buy the empty packages after which fill them with no matter they select.
    Caitlyn Jenner's family a no show as fans rage

    Caitlyn Jenner's family a no show as fans rage

    But despite fans' worries - and disappointment at the lack of Kardashians - it seems Caitlyn, 70, was not on her tod for too long. Caitlyn and Kris cut up in 2014, one 12 months earlier than she publicly got here out as transgender.
    Trump, Commerce Secretary Send Signal That China Deal Can Wait

    Trump, Commerce Secretary Send Signal That China Deal Can Wait

    The U.S.is the largest contributor to the World Bank , which provides low-interest loans to low-income nations. CBOT wheat was down 3-1/4 cents at $5.20-1/2 a bushel, while corn was down 1-1/4 cents at $3.75-1/2 a bushel.
  • Taylor Swift announces new Christmas single

    Taylor Swift announces new Christmas single

    Feigning doubt - acting like she didn't have a music video all lined up - she asked her three fluffy cats whether to release it. The music video features footage from home videos from around the holidays of Swift growing up on the farm in Wyomissing.
    Oklahoma heads into Championship Weekend one spot behind Utah in CFP rankings

    Oklahoma heads into Championship Weekend one spot behind Utah in CFP rankings

    If Ohio State handily beats Wisconsin, the Nittany Lions could be headed to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl. Clemson , the defending national champion, is heavily favored against Virginia (9-3) in the ACC title game.
    Vinatieri, Hilton ruled out of Colts game at Tampa Bay

    Vinatieri, Hilton ruled out of Colts game at Tampa Bay

    He was limited in practice Wednesday with a knee injury, did not practice Thursday and was ruled out on Friday. Running back Marlon Mack and rookie receiver Parris Campbell are expected to see action Sunday.
  • White House tells Democrats it won't participate in Trump impeachment hearings

    White House tells Democrats it won't participate in Trump impeachment hearings

    THE WHITE HOUSE has torn into the House's impeachment inquiry as "completely baseless" and a "reckless abuse of power". The historic step sets up a fight in the divided U.S.
    Lane Kiffin reportedly finalizing deal to become next Ole Miss coach

    Lane Kiffin reportedly finalizing deal to become next Ole Miss coach

    Late Friday night, a report emerged listing Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin as the favorite for the Ole Miss vacancy. No word on how he feels about Conference USA and Boca Raton, but needless to say, he's pumped about the move to Oxford.
    Indian filmmaker's 'rape should be legalised' comments cause social media uproar

    Indian filmmaker's 'rape should be legalised' comments cause social media uproar

    Priyanka was on her way home when she was gang-raped and killed near Hyderabad and her body was dumped and burned 15 miles away. While another said: 'If he is a filmmaker I promise will never watch his films and I can vouch for my family and friend'.
  • Rangers boss Steven Gerrard close to signing new contract until 2024

    Rangers boss Steven Gerrard close to signing new contract until 2024

    "We are sitting third and there is no disgrace in that when you see the riches of Rangers and Celtic and the form they are in". FREE TO PLAY: miss your chance to win the £ 250,000 jackpot for the fifth time this year.
    'My best year' ever, says Lewis Hamilton

    'My best year' ever, says Lewis Hamilton

    The future of Mercedes boss Toto Wolff could be a key factor in whether he decides to continue with the team post-2020. I know there are other possibilities of course after next year. "I use 44 on my auto , I never use number one".
    Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker scene ‘to premiere in Fortnite’

    Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker scene ‘to premiere in Fortnite’

    The news was announced via an image on the Fortnite Twitter account, which shows a poster that is appearing in the game now . The poster, first revealed near the location on December 7, also states that JJ Abrams will somehow be involved.