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China steps up its hostile rhetoric with a harsh warning to Microsoft

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Beijing has sternly put Microsoft on notice to comply with the Chinese government’s antitrust case — or else.

In language usually reserved for political opponents, dissidents, or countries it has a beef with, China warned Microsoft not to interfere with its antitrust investigation into the Seattle-based giant. Beijing accuses Microsoft of failing to share or release documents for its Windows OS and Office software suites.

A harshly worded statement on the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) website officially warned Microsoft to follow state law and, according to the New York Times, “not to interfere with or hinder the investigation in any way.”

The warning falls on the heels of raids that SAIC agents carried at Microsoft offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Chengdu in late July.

While the raids didn’t result in any arrests, agents seized documents and computers. The move appears to be an attempt to send a message to Microsoft and other U.S. technology outfits operating in China that Beijing has issues with the increased presence and influence of foreign tech companies inside the country — and the potential for them to engage in spying.

In fact, China is increasingly using its muscle to confront U.S. tech companies who provide Beijing and its people with software and hardware. It sends a big message that China is weary of its reliance on U.S. technology and that the Asian superpower needs to be more reliant on products and services by Chinese IT companies.

The warning is a byproduct, too, the Times said, of China’s increasing concern over Edward Snowden’s epic document leaks about National Security Agency spying. China fears that the NSA is using Microsoft and other U.S. tech firms to insert Trojan horses and spyware into technology widely used by the Chinese government, like desktops PCs and software.

Their fears could be seen as well-founded. But the tactics here are purely Cold War.

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13 comments
Neil Pine
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Ramesh Zamindar
Ramesh Zamindar

Retaliate against totalitarian communist red china ruled by that Xi-t. Stop all china imports immediately!!

fuc kchinese
fuc kchinese

Chinese want to copy microsolf. they want to steal it. bullshi

justin k
justin k

Yeah the US and Microsoft are trying to steal the Chinese advanced designs for.....who am I kidding China makes nothing but garbage.  More like China wants to copy windows and start selling it like it's theirs.

Lee Y
Lee Y

Per Chinese TV, china has warned ALL Asian companies NOT to use "Microsoft Cloud services" due to NSA PRISM revelation. Per NSA PRISM revelation Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365 has Backdoor Access. 

Marisa Louisa
Marisa Louisa

It would be nice if that guy snowden never exisited.  He's caused the US a lot of trouble, and he broke his oath to the US government.  He is a weasel, pure and simple.

Gyun wang
Gyun wang

@Ramesh Zamindar


Too bad you have no money, you can buy things made in other countries, but still more than 90% of the products contain China made parts or processed parts. 


Sorry, you stuck with China for long time, if you do not like you can burn your cars and houses if you have these, all the stuff you are living in contain China made products/parts. 

Terry Patierno
Terry Patierno

@justin k American companies are blinded by the money they can save with cheap labor(which is not really cheap anymore). They already copy Apple and sell in China at fake Apple stores and the Chinese government does nothing about it. They want everything the US has and we are giving it to them. Buy American if you can find it.

Terry Patierno
Terry Patierno

@Lee Y This is from a country that continually hacks everyone. Recently they hacked several US defense contractors and the Israeli iron dome. 

Ramesh Zamindar
Ramesh Zamindar

snowden should be caught and melted by hot fire and made to evaporate. He stole US govt documents and sold them to totalitarian communist red china led by Xi-t and putin's commie russia. He did that to get them to terrorize neighbors in ukraine and south china sea.