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The Chinese government decided to delist security firms Symantec and Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors, thereby blacklisting each company's antivirus products. It's the latest in what appears to be an ongoing effort to lessen the reliance on foreign technology. Only five AV products are now on the list, all of which are from China -- Qihoo 360 Technology, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin, and Rising.
"We are investigating and engaging in conversations with Chinese authorities about this matter," Kaspersky spokesman Alejandro Arango told Reuters. "It is too premature to go into any additional details at this time."
According to Reuters, China is fearful of using products that come outside of its borders due to the potential for spying, especially after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on widespread surveillance efforts, both here and abroad.
In recent weeks, China banned its government from using Windows 8 due to security concerns. Other U.S. firms such as Cisco and IBM have also had a hard time promoting their products in China.