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Why Is the Chinese Government Out to Get Apple?

In recent weeks, state-owned media outlets in China have been bashing Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) in a comprehensive smear campaign. The government might be trying to retaliate for a recent attempts by the U.S. government to ban telecom equipment purchases from ZTE and Huawei. Another possibility is that the government is trying to give China Mobile  (NYSE: CHL  ) more leverage in its negotiations with Apple, since the government indirectly owns 74% of China Mobile. The negative publicity is a risk factor, but CEO Tim Cook's recent apology has been well-received.

In the video below, Fool contributor Evan Niu, CFA, discusses the implications for investors.

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  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 3:08 PM, speechisntfree wrote:

    "Why Is the Chinese Government Out to Get Apple?".....

    and Mr. Niu..... why are you repeating a story that's weeks old..... and why aren't you including the positive response Apple got from the Chinese government regarding Tim Cook's apology?.....

    does Samsung pay you in dollars or won?

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 3:31 PM, Justice007 wrote:

    "In 2011 an Italian Court fined Apple Euro 900,000 for issues around a mandated 2 year warranty (and fined them again a year later). The French courts recently fined Apple for forcing workers in its retails stores to work late. The EU is currently investigating Apple's warranty practices as we speak also."

    Where were your articles asking if the French and Italian governments etc. were/are out to get Apple? Or is it simply that you are able to tap into something here due to the fact that the Chinese use a different hair grease/oil than the typical American?

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:04 PM, alboy5 wrote:

    Aapl the iflop.

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