The movement now dubbed as “Boycott Apple” continues to grow in among the Chinese population, while the US targets the Huawei Report. In fact, it’s a trade war between Washington D.C. and Beijing that’s at the center of this development, fueled by the recent restriction of Huawei from Google and the US. As a response, the Chinese population has begun the “Boycott Apple” protest movement that’s expected to grow throughout the whole Chinese population.
According to online sources, the anti-Trump and the anti-Apple message is all over China’s Twitter- Weibo, and is also flooding other Chinese dominated social media. Some of the comments that best describe the tension and the general tendency of the people of China currently are as follows:
-“I feel guilty watching the trade war. Once I have money I will change my smartphone (iPhone)”
-“I think Huawei’s branding is amazing, it chops an apple into eight pieces”
-“The functions in Huawei are comparable to Apple iPhones or even better. We have such a good smartphone alternative, why are we still using Apple?”
China has called the US out on the whole initiative and has dubbed this the “overseas company harassment”. They have especially attacked President Donald Trump for deciding to pass the national emergency order prohibiting US companies to use equipment of foreign origin, citing even espionage fears as probable cause.
The “Boycott Apple” movement was first established last December, in 2018, in China when numerous Chinese companies backed up Huawei and offered incredibly attractive discounts to their employees for purchasing Huawei devices, shunning Apple iPhones in the process. The spark that had lit the fire, according to Nikkei Asian Review, was the detention of Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer in Huawei, while on a visit to Canada as it was requested by American legal prosecutors. As a result, China banned iPhone imports and granted Qualcomm injunction. Apple responded by updating its iOS with 12.1.2 version for China only.
Do you want to know how it came to this? This is where the phone war began!
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