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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