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China has ordered officials at central government agencies not to use iPhones and other foreign-branded devices for work or bring them into the office, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg also reported, citing unnamed sources, that Beijing plans to extend the restriction much more broadly to state-owned enterprises and other government-controlled organizations.

The latest decision could further inflame the growing technology tensions between the US and China, the world's two largest technology producers.

Experts say it is a move by Beijing to reduce its dependence on American technology.

China is not only Apple's largest foreign market but also its global production base.

Investors are therefore concerned about the future of the company, which derives 20 percent of its revenue from China.

In Europe, Apple is one of six major tech companies, including Alphabet, Amazon and Meta, that are also affected by regulatory requirements governing how popular services such as messaging, social media, video sharing and web browsers are delivered online.

In recent years, the US and many European Union countries have restricted the use of the Chinese TikTok app on security grounds.