Chinese shutting foreign firms

Chinese officials shutting down foreign firms

Chinese officials shutting down foreign firms

The Chinese government is seeking to eliminate foreign tech firms by 2020. They want to let Chinese technologies to prosper in China. They want these domestic companies to have a place in banks, state-owned enterprises, key government agencies and the military. According to the report of Bloomberg China has been campaigning to strengthen domestic companies ever since. This report proves that China was looking to replace foreign technology firms with domestic ones, both for security reasons and as a part of China’s push to ramp up domestic innovation in the high-tech sector. The administration of President Xi Jinping has been seeking to give Chinese Internet users a secure connection. They have started to call for the development of domestic technologies and ensuring cyber security back in February 2014. They think that these two things are crucial parts of China’s cyber strategy moving forward. President Xi believes that China could only best attain cyber power when they develop their own technology.

Chinese users offered with domestic products

Chinese users offered with domestic products

It has been an urgent goal for China ever since Edward Snowden revealed the US cyber espionage on Chinese institutions. It became clear for Chinese to not rely on foreign firms like Microsoft and IBM for its technology needs. It seems that it would not be impossible for China to strengthen its domestic technology due to the past developments. They are confident that the domestic alternatives available could potentially match the needs of Chinese Internet users. Beijing banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers and encouraged Chinese banks to switch away from IBM servers. Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, and other firms came under heavy fire as national security risks. The Chinese government had done this due to the indictment of five PLA officers on charges of economic espionage. Part of China’s plan to strengthen its economy is to not rely on top global brands.

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