Government website continues to sell Apple products
A recent report went viral after stating that Apple was blacklisted on national security concerns from China however these claims have been put to rest as the country's chief procurement center has stated that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) products such as laptops and tablets are not banned from Chinese government procurement lists. The report published by Bloomberg News on Wednesday stated that 10 Apple products, including MacBook laptops and iPad tablets, were taken off a government list of approved hardware due to security concerns. All such statements have been denied and there is enough proof from Central Government Procurement Centre, as well as the finance ministry and Apple. Apple claims that it was never on such a banned list.
The list emerged this week and since then had created quite some problems. It was for the energy saving products and is part of the numerous lists which are held by the Chinese government. Some emailed comments from Apple have confirmed that it was never on such a list. No further details were given by the company on this topic. A Finance Ministry fax was sent to Reuters on Thursday evening stating that "Even though Apple has the certification for energy-saving products... it has never provided the necessary verification material and agreements according to the regulations.” A similar statement was made by the Central Government Procurement Centre in their own announcement on Friday.
The Central Government Procurement Centre website says that the Apple products can still be purchased by the government even if they are not on the energy saving list. A lot of the mentioned products were available for sale on the website. The only exception was Thursday when sales were halted due to monthly price adjustments. Reuters was informed by a number of suppliers that these price adjustments are merely routine and these stoppages had nothing to do with the security concerns. One of the employees of the Beijing-based government supplier said "They didn't say once that it had anything to do with national security.”
The sales of the Apple laptops resumed on the government website from Friday, assuring that nothing had gone wrong and sales continued on their usual scale with the most popular laptop model being sold 23 times only between Thursday and Friday. One of the persons who seemed to be aware of the procurement process said that this confusion was merely a misunderstanding and stated that "Every month we have one price adjustment to make sure the prices are aligned with market prices.”