The trade war between economic powerhouses China and the US could soon spill into Chinese state offices where Beijing plans to ban foreign software and computers.
The Financial Times reported that the Chinese government ordered the removal of all foreign hardware within the next three years. The move could affect profits for US tech giants.
American companies like Dell, Microsoft, and HP have good reason to worry. Their contracts with the Chinese government expire in 2022. Chinese-owned Lenovo, on the other hand, is likely to be the main beneficiary. The company is already Beijing’s main contractor when it comes to hardware.
The US-China trade war is widely seen as a tussle for control over future technologies and this latest chapter is largely interpreted as being part of the ongoing struggle.