October 24, 2021

Western firms kowtow to China’s increasing economic clout

Western firms kowtow to China’s increasing economic clout

Author Srinivas Mazumdaru

US tech giant Apple Inc was this week forced to remove an app that helped anti-government protesters in Hong Kong track police movements, following sharp criticism from a Chinese state newspaper. China’s People’s Daily on Tuesday called the tracking app “poisonous” and decried what it said was Apple’s complicity in helping the protesters.

Apple’s move in response to the commentary has alienated some Hong Kongers and angered democracy activists worldwide. But the company’s CEO Tim Cook defended the decision in the face of criticism for appeasing Beijing.

 

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