Apple mentioned Taiwan and Hong Kong without using China’s prefered terms at its annual iPhone event on Wednesday.
Chinese state media and citizens lashed out at the tech giant for not acknowledging Chinese sovereignty over those two regions.
The state-run China Central Television suggested that Apple could lose its market demand in China, and that its actions could “cause unnecessary political and legal troubles.”
Taiwan has for decades operated as a separate country from China, but Beijing insists that Taiwan belongs to it.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region that belongs to China.
Apple has a lot to lose from alienating China.
China is lashing out at Apple after the tech giant mentioned Taiwan without using Beijing’s preferred term for it at its annual iPhone event on Wednesday.
While introducing the launch date for the new iPhone XS and XS Max, Apple listed China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan separately alongside the three regions’ national flags.
Multiple news outlets run by the Chinese state have since published posts demanding explanations from Apple, with China Central Television (CCTV) suggesting that Apple’s actions could “hurt” its market demand in China and “cause unnecessary legal and political troubles.”
CCTV wrote on Thursday: “People with a little bit of common sense …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech