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China Bans Government Computers From Using Intel, AMD Chips: FT

The guidance from Beijing also asks authorities and agencies to shun Microsoft’s Windows operating system and foreign-made software in favour of domestic options

An image of Chinese and US flags and a computer chip. Photo: Reuters


China has moved to rid its government computers and servers of US microprocessors made by Intel and AMD, as the tech rift between the world’s two superpowers deepens further.

The procurement guidance from Beijing also seeks to sideline Microsoft’s Windows operating system and foreign-made database software in favour of domestic options, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Government agencies above the township level have been told to include criteria requiring “safe and reliable” processors and operating systems when making purchases, the newspaper said.


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China’s industry ministry in late December issued a statement with three separate lists of CPUs, operating systems and centralised database deemed “safe and reliable” for three years after the publication date, all from Chinese companies, Reuters checks showed.

The US has been aiming to boost domestic semiconductor output and reduce reliance on China and Taiwan with the Biden administration’s 2022 CHIPS and Science Act.

It is designed to bolster US semiconductors and contains financial aid for domestic production with subsidies for production of advanced chips.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


NOTE: More links were inserted in this report on March 25, 2024.


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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