China might have just declared cold war on Apple: here is why

China might have just declared cold war on Apple: here is why
"China is currently our second largest market. I believe it will become our first.” This is what Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in January, but he probably wouldn’t have said it now as what seems like an organized attack on Apple from China and its state-run media has begun. China Central Television (CCTV) ran a massive anti-Apple piece in its annual “3.15” investigative program saying Apple is discriminating against its Chinese users with shorter warranty periods, refurbished instead of new products and after-sale bonds.

The program has nationwide outreach and comments started pouring out on the Internet. Weibo, the massively popular Twitter alternative in China, saw 50 000 mentions of Apple within an hour after the program ended.

It all got interesting when popular Taiwanese actor Peter Ho with thousands of followers posted:

“#315isLive# Actually, Apple has so many tricks in its after-sales services. As an Apple fan, I’m hurt. Have you done right by your founder Jobs? Have you done right by the young people who sold their kidneys? It’s really true that big stores bully customers. Post around 8:20.”

The “post around 8:20” was a mess-up. This was clearly orchestrated by someone and China’s web users suspected CCTV. A couple of hours later the posting was deleted with Ho unconvincingly claiming his Weibo account was hacked. Hours later thousands of postings on Weibo that followed with the #PostAround8:20 hashtag disappeared, censored.

Interestingly, more evidence surfaced that Weibo and CCTV often work together asking public figures with a lot of post certain things.

All of that makes it look like a very organized attack on Apple.

It’s not the first foreign company to suffer from an aggressively protectionist Chinese Government. While this first attack didn’t go particularly well, evidence has shown that earlier brands features on “3.15” were Volkswagen, McDonald’s and Carrefour, all suffering losses after that. Whatever the reason, it seems that China is on the offensive against Apple.

source: Forbes

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50 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

I'm pretty sure that those people who quit Apple will have an even happier live :)

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Is that you,,,? Some weeks you're with Apple then the next with Android,,,,? Nice post+1 Go away Apple you bad fruit!

26. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

the whole world would have better world without Apple :), see: bit [dot] ly/RYzOPP

54. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

As much as we love Android, Android wouldn't be here without the revolution Apple started.

56. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

No they had bought and planned Android before rotten Apple :-) But would be a little slower because fans of Apple wouldn't have bought the first iPhones and the world wouldn't have been mistaken by OS that is not even able to copy a file :-)

58. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

That's an interesting way to spell "LG". Since they made the first smartphone, the Prada

62. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

but really, to be honest Apple made it faster (1 year?).....but without Apple it still would be better = innovations without obstructs from rotten Apple

2. mydi.maus unregistered

yeah war,,,,

3. anupam.chopra

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I was under the impression they were after Google and Android......... Interesting..........

9. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

who China?? Are u kidding me!! The ppl der use and love Android so much that, the Chinese Govt is scared they are too dependent on Android!! Their home made phones and companies like oppo,xiaomi etc hav started expanding globally and their govt ll b more than happy to support android

16. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

no, they don't like google, they try to prevent google and make their citizens use baidu instead of google search and youku instead of youtube they have also said that google's control over android worries them in other words, they hate everything that is made by the others, they want to be the makers, they don't like using other's products, they want the spotlight...

21. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

ohh.. didnt no that.. But I am confused here. With the number of local manufactures producing android phones and some of them even exporting and expanding internationally, isn't Android a good thing for their economy?

44. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

we all know that in china, the country comes first, before the citizens...they are superpower hungry,china wants to dominate the world,they are making trillions so they don't mind losing some money, especially if it comes from those devices that run on the software that is built by a company that's based in USA or any other foreign country and google is known for tracking their users... we don't know what google does with the data that they collect from us(by tracking us)... its evident that china is wants to do something and they don't want the world to know about it

27. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Google's control over Android? They give it to anyone who wants it, and anyone can modify it and distribute it further. And anyone who modified and distributes is required by GPL to provide the source code. If that control over a product concerns them, they must be positively panicked over Apples control of iOS.

38. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

google may have open sourced android but they control it and china doesn't like that they want something that could be controlled by the chinese govt

60. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Dude, do they know that Google "created" android? Do they also know that the "creator" usually has "control " over what they .....created? Sounds like complete jealousy and Envy if you ask me!

41. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

now ios is available only in apple products so they aren't really worried about it and apple is often viewed as a hardware company but google has web services that could help them track the users, especially though those chinese smartphones and china loves to keep secrets but as i have already said before they don't like apple or google or any other company that is not based in china...

47. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Nope. What they want is to have 100% control over it. An example would be Weibo thread mentioned in the article that just disappeared ; same as any information on YouKu and Baidu concerning YangRui public comment about getting rid of foreign trash from China.

52. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

that's not an excuse,most of the the other countries in the world accept and enjoy services that are provided by the companies that are based in foreign countries sometimes china does anything to achieve their goals which is wrong for example, they killed most of the street dogs with sticks to make the streets look "clean", while they could have taken them to some place far away from the city, sterilize them and provide them with basic necessities and what do u mean by foreign trash? let the people decide what's good for them... working hard to succeed is a good thing,chinese are working hard which is good for them, but there are certain limits that shouldn't be crossed

33. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Android is open source,as long as people/dev will use the plays store. Google will give android OS for free. That's what i heard. But for this article, Foxcon is in china, the largest apple assembly line out there. What will happen by then? :)

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I suspect the Chinese govt is an equal opportunity h8r. It comes down to margin. Regardless of what the phones sell for in China, it is more than the contract manufacturer gets to build the phone. That margin is money that leaves the country. If a domestic manufacturer makes the sale, the margin stays in country. Best case, the domestic manufacturer gets to be competitive and sell into the world market. Then more margin comes to China to then loan out to the rest of the world which then becomes addicted to Chinese cash. The U.S. proved the validity of the model. Why not expand it to ensnare the rest of the world? Chinese mercantile policy v. 2.0

4. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

if apple is really biased, then thats just BAD!

48. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Apple stuff cost in China more than US or EU. So, they want better service than US/EU customers get, ie: getting device replaced for a new one not a refurbished one.

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Why do Americans make it political when someone dares to criticize an American product?

36. Aeires unregistered

Because China and politics go hand in hand.

64. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not just product ... even people. Look how they protected Warren Anderson the boss of one of the worst industrial disasters of World .. Bhopal gas Leak.

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Ahhh.....I'm too happy!

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Me2!!!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31071; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This will definitely hurt apple in china. Why would they dog out the place they want to be their biggest market?

10. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Aha Darkjedi you back by PhoneArenas week vacation! How was you're 7 days holiday,,,?

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