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Times of India: China denies state-media report on Microsoft

Jan 08, 2000, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])

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"China on Friday strongly denied a state-run media report that the government prohibited agencies from using Microsoft's updated Windows operating system."

"Besieged by queries, the Ministry of Information Industry office that oversees national computer technology policy took the unusual step of posting the denial on its Web site."

"Denials, however, are unlikely to quash the rumors. In reporting the ban, the Yangcheng Evening News, a popular newspaper based in the business-savvy southeastern provincial capital of Guangzhou, cited tactics and nationalistic appeals the communist government has frequently used to thwart foreign companies."

"Yangcheng Evening News noted that "Red Flag-Linux" was developed by a software research institute under the government-run Chinese Academy of Sciences. The newspaper welcomed the independently developed operating system as a modern-day version of the "the two bombs and the one satellite."

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