The US State Department will not use Lenovo-made computers in any classified work. The State Department purchased 16,000 Lenovo computers earlier this year but concerns were quickly raised over the use of computers manufactured by the partly State-owned corporation in classified work, AP reported. The government said the computers purchased will still be used but not in any capacity that would involve classified or sensitive work. Hong Kong-listed Lenovo took over IBM's personal computer business last year in a US$1.75 billion deal. The company is 42% owned by Legend Holdings, controlled by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The announcement comes as lawmakers consider new legislation that would make takeover of US assets more difficult.
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