A Chinese government spokesman said Wednesday that there are no laws or regulations in China banning the use of iPhones or other brands of smartphones abroad. At a press conference in Beijing, Foreign Ministry representative Mao Ning spoke about the long-standing policy of opening up to foreign companies in China’s economic development and encouraging them to take over the country.
It has also been confirmed that China has recorded many news stories about security issues with the Apple iPhone, demonstrating China’s commitment to data and network security.
Mao Zedong did not explain further. He also called on foreign telecommunications companies operating in China to comply with the country’s privacy laws and take necessary steps to protect individuals or organizations from unauthorized access to information stored on phone users.
A recent Wall Street report stated that China has banned central government officials from using iPhones, according to information not shown in the media transcript. The report sent Apple’s stock price crashing, causing its worst one-day decline in a month.
The White House expressed “concern” about these developments on Wednesday.
China’s Recent Actions Impacting US Companies
Speaking to reporters at the press conference, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby described China’s latest actions as aggression and said there was no appropriate retaliation against US companies.
However, Kirby said the facts and reasons behind this action are unclear. He called on China to increase transparency by providing more information about its thoughts and actions.
In recent months, many consulting firms in the United States and around the world have found themselves caught up in Beijing’s efforts to solve its problems. It is considered a national security issue.
In March, Chinese authorities closed the US company’s Beijing office and arrested five local employees due to Mintz Group’s efforts. The company was later fined approximately US$1.5 million for allegedly engaging in illegal activities in China.
In April, police interrogated people at the Shanghai office of global consulting giant Bain & Company. The following week, state media published information about several attacks by state security on the offices of Capvision, a specialized international communications company, in Shanghai and New York.
Apple is one of them. The most famous and well-known American business in China. China is the company’s largest overseas market, accounting for nearly a fifth of its revenue last year. So far, Apple has not responded to a request for comment on this matter.
Although Apple does not release iPhone sales data by country, analysts at research firm TechInsights estimate that China sold more iPhones than the United States last quarter. It’s worth noting that most of Apple’s iPhones are produced in Chinese factories.
China has denied any laws banning the use of iPhones or foreign smartphones abroad. The country emphasizes its commitment to data security and privacy. The situation has sparked concerns, including from the White House, and raises questions about China’s actions and transparency in its approach to foreign companies.