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Apple (AAPL) appears to have further kowtowed to Chinese sensibilities by removing an app from...

Apple (AAPL) appears to have further kowtowed to Chinese sensibilities by removing an app from its online store in China that provides access to books by author Wang Lixiong, whose works are mostly banned in the country. Apple would only say that the app included "content that is illegal in China." The move comes days after CEO Tim Cook apologized for Apple's treatment of Chinese consumers following sustained media criticism.
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  • nguyenvanphuoc
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    Shame on them for abiding by the laws of a country in which they do business.
    4 Apr 2013, 08:00 AM Reply Like
  • rocback
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    This is a good move by Apple. It is setting up for a China Mobile deal.
    4 Apr 2013, 11:19 AM Reply Like
  • Jhalgren
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    Yes, hopefully, the deal will finally happen? Or are the Chinese so envious of Apple that they intend to outsmart them and steal their sacred device technologies? It would not be a surprise--Apple needs to be extremely on high alert--an awful way to conduct business.
    4 Apr 2013, 11:26 AM Reply Like
  • Gary Bushwacher
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    Very thoughtless to put an app on that's illegal in the first place.

     

    Not the kind of mistake we've come to expect from Apple.

     

    No wonder China officials and organizations are not too happy.

     

    That kind of thing is critical to a successful China relationship
    4 Apr 2013, 08:18 AM Reply Like
  • nguyenvanphuoc
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    The have somewhere around 800,000 apps. It would be pretty foolish to assume they could screen every app not only for the actual operation of the app but also for any content it references and the legality of that content in any given country.

     

    There was a problem, somebody complained, problem was resolved. I can't see how this is in any way unusual or offensive.
    4 Apr 2013, 08:24 AM Reply Like
  • dgy
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    bit of an alarmist title to this "alert"
    4 Apr 2013, 08:24 AM Reply Like
  • Arthur Fisher
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    Not just alarmist: completely inappropriate.
    4 Apr 2013, 08:39 AM Reply Like
  • medzjohn
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    Yes, it is completely inappropriate to expect a private corporation to sacrifice profit to human rights.
    4 Apr 2013, 09:43 AM Reply Like
  • JUDOKA
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    So What!This writer has too much time on his/her hands.
    4 Apr 2013, 09:54 AM Reply Like
  • cshoxie
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    Kind of like a nativity scene at Christmas. One guy complains and that's the end of that.
    4 Apr 2013, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • larry11
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    What's wrong with what they did? it was the right thing to do. Why be critical of them or put a negative twist on it?
    This is another case where some think Apple can do nothing right. Give them credit , not criticism.
    4 Apr 2013, 01:50 PM Reply Like
  • sean0921
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    Wikipedia: Wang Lixiong is a Chinese writer and scholar ... is regarded as one of the most outspoken dissidents, democracy activists and reformers in China.
    It is a shame that Apple has to drop even the slightest gesture of support of freedom force in China, in order to gain market share in China. On the other hand, the shortest way to reach from A to B usually is not a straight line, when it comes to human relationships. Hopefully in the long run, the access by the Chinese people to the wide world through various medias, including through Apple ,will altimately make China the positive force for mankind in all fronts, including in human rights.
    4 Apr 2013, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • stugoss
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    Having lived in Hong Kong and having recently returned from a visit to the PRC, my observations are that the Chinese people are totally aware of the Faustian bargain they have entered into with their government. Mostly, they accept the very limited freedom of expression they have been granted in return for the considerable increases in material prosperity they have enjoyed in recent years. The Chinese government cynically permits some self expression on sites like the Weibo micro-blog but these sites do not offer much of a pressure relief valve. You can criticize low level officials to some extent but users' comments are heavily screened and censored and considerable self-censorship is the norm.

     

    The Chinese government can get away with this as long as they keep delivering prosperity. I don't fancy their chances if they fail to keep up their end of the bargain and I believe they recognize that situation.. I think they know they have a tiger by the tail!
    4 Apr 2013, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "I don't fancy their chances if they fail to keep up their end of the bargain "

     

    I appreciate your informative comment.

     

    I live in Shanghai, because the Govt. is hedging, the high inflation is causing minimal price rises at lower quality (more lard than meat).
    4 Apr 2013, 03:12 PM Reply Like
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