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Global technology, service and manufacturing companies are raising concerns to the Chinese government over new rules they fear could restrict or block foreign vendors from selling high-tech gear to China's government agencies.
More than two dozen major industry groups from North America, Europe and Asia -- representing most of the world's major technology companies -- sent a letter recently to Chinese ministries saying they were "deeply troubled" by the Chinese requirement.
The companies are responding to rules released in a circular the Chinese government posted on a Web site in late October but didn't publicize. The new rule requires vendors to gain accreditation for their products before they can be included in a government procurement catalog of products containing "indigenous innovation."
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