China has reportedly booted foreign security software vendors off its government supplier list.
According to a report from Xinhua, quoting the Beijing Youth Daily, the procurement list for governmental security software suppliers is now all-Chinese, with Symantec (U.S.) and Kaspersky (Russia) having been removed from the list.
No reason was given for this, but it hardly comes as a surprise, particularly regarding Symantec. In the wake of the Snowden revelations and a nasty espionage spat with the U.S., American software and hardware vendors have been having a tough time in China — state media and regulators have attacked the security implications of everything from iPhones to IBM.
A week ago, Chinese authorities raided Microsoft’s offices in what turned out to be an antitrust probe — the rationale for which remains somewhat mysterious. Despite that investigation, Microsoft is still an approved supplier of operating systems for Chinese government departments. Indeed, it’s the only foreign supplier on that particular list.