Foreign security vendors can no longer bid for Chinese government contracts


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(s symc). 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(s aapl) to IBM(s ibm).

A week ago, Chinese authorities raided Microsoft(s msft)’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…

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