China warns Apple over 'reckless decision' to readmit the Hong Kong protests app

China warns Apple over 'reckless decision' to readmit the Hong Kong protests app
Just a day after banning the HKmap app from its application store, Apple reinstated it to the pleasure of its developers and the chagrin of the People's and China Daily newspapers. The official mouthpieces of the ruling party ran two concurrent stories

On one side, it was lambasting NBA commissioner Adam Silver's free speech tirade over the infamous Houston Rocket general manager's tweet that expressed support for protesters in Hong Kong.

The show of support by the NBA commissioner over the now-deleted tweet comes hot on the heels of Apple reinstating HKmap - a repackaged iOS pin-dropper used by Hong Kong protesters to mark live demonstrations, police presence, and general altercations to avoid.

This apparently was way too much for Chinese state media, and the second piece in People's Daily was targeted directly at Apple. While keeping the tone civil, the article mused whether Apple is taking a political side by allowing the HKmap.live app developers to resubmit it a day after its ban became media fodder.

The piece goes even further, though, warning that "the map app is just the tip of the iceberg," and Apple also has allowed access to a hit Hong Kong protest marching song in its Music app. If that sounds nitpicky, it's because you don't know how China takes offence in such disloyalty shown by foreign companies it has given access to its vast market to.


Overall, China makes clear that it is not happy with any explicit or implicit support of the brouhaha over Hong Kong, and is willing to take countermeasures, be it towards the NBA or Apple itself:


Poor Apple, always on the losing side of Chinese patriotism, first with the White House ban on Huawei phones that sparked a backlash and a lot of iPhone swapping in Huawei's motherland, and now with the on/off Hong Kong map app. You can't win this thing.

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25 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm sorry, but after what happened with the NBA, and now this, I don't feel sorry for Huawei anymore. China can't bully other companies and not expect their companies to get bullied as well.

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

thats why i hated huawei from the beginning. cant trust any chinese products.

11. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You're generalizing over here. Chinese companies aren't the problem, the problem here is the dictatorship they live under that is trying to silence anyone who dares to criticize them.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

China is the one that has to rethink their reckless decision on their over reaching control, and subjugation rule. I always laugh at China and the countries full name. The People's Republic of China. That's always a joke.

4. alanrock

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

supporting riots in China is indeed bullying , and Huawei is not related to any of this but hey "free speech" right ?

5. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Well Apple is being political, especially when they delete apps that talks about atrocities that the state of Israel is committing. They just give a blind eye, they are more political than you think even if it means hiding facts and supporting evil acts.

9. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I never said Apple are innocent either. But the measures China takes against anyone who opposes them are unmatched. Apple turns a blind eye to Israel's actions because they know how powerful their lobbyists are in the US, so they'll do them this favor in return for many more favors they'll receive from wall street. But I don't believe Isarel would ban Apple if they were to criticize them, they'll simply just cut ties with them. On the other hand, China is banning anyone who disagrees with them. Like why would they punish the whole NBA for a tweet posted by the Rockets GM?

12. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I agree, I don't like the Chinese government either. But, I know that Apple is doing so not because they care about the people of HK, only because it is in the best interest of the current US gov to destabilize the country as much as possible.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Apple should pull out of China But they don't have the balls and are too greedy to do that

18. Sparrow unregistered

what atrocities is israel committing? All I see are people defending themselves from violent arab squatters on their land.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22208; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not a fan of the Chinese government at all, or any other government for the most part, but Huawei really has nothing to do with this.

10. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They're not, but the Chinese government do benefit from having such a powerful company, and for that I'm saying that if China thinks that it's okay to bully and ban other non-Chinese companies, they should expect other countries to do the same with Chinese companies.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22208; Member since: May 28, 2014

What China is doing isn't right at all. But to take out your dislike for what China is doing on a company that has nothing to do with it is just wrong. It's like blaming the innocent for someone else's guilt.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

As we've seen with Android, and Google no longer able to offer Google Services, Huawei may just be a pawn/leverage for China's gov. gains. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but China government has lots of control. Lets say Europe goes forth with Huawei 5G technology. Tensions worsen with USA. China says "Hey, turn off 5G to Europe unless they stop supporting America in Endeavor-A, B, and C." China is making big moves in Africa. Do you really think the Chinese gov cares about the Ethiopian people? I doubt it. They barely care about their own people's living conditions. But it's going to be political leverage at one point. World govs are nervous, and that's why Huawei is getting the heat of it. Take out the #1 player on a team and the team is only as good as their second best player.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22208; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, but do you really think the U.S. cares for most people abroad when they treat a section of its own population like so poorly?

25. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think there's a lot of US people that do, yes. Foreign adoption numbers would support that claim. Does the government? Not past the political gains. But I never said the US gov did care.

2. umaru-chan

Posts: 369; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

China is a s**tty country. You can't even criticize their own gov. There are only three countries which are as bad as China and North Korea - 1. India ( Modi gov is killing what was treasured for thousands of years in India with extreme religious bigotry). 2. Egypt ( Sisi is killing all the dissidents) 3. Kazakhstan ( one of the most authoritarian government in human history)

7. Gryffin

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

india? really any reliable source?

13. dumpster666

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

Lol...modi gov is just improving the worng doings of previous government.

19. Be_Mine

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

LOL... I'm no fan of Modi. But Modi is one of the most publicly criticized figure in the Country(India). India is the largest Democracy in the world. Are you from Pakistan by any chance? Or is your Mom or Dad 'Indian National Congress' party members? :D

21. MsPooks

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

All those atrocities are nothing compared to what Trump did today: he actually ate a McDonald's cheeseburger!

6. pupkin

Posts: 149; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

China is on Philippine waters building military base, disregarding our rights, disregarding the law, i hope everybody spread the news. Their own people has no say at all. These People are very dangerous, crazy.

16. sun0066

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

China should care about what generate the riots and try to solve it, not be worried about if there is an app or no . That is dictatorial and against the civil liberties.

20. Cyberchum

Posts: 1089; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Harmony OS would fix everything for Huawei, because the rest of the world would trust an OS from a country with dangerously limited liberty, like China.

22. MsPooks

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Apple's gonna win this one, and there's nothing the Chinese government can do about it.

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