Ap­ple angers Chi­nese for HK, Tai­wan list­ing

Global Times - - Nation - By Zhang Han

Chi­nese ne­ti­zens have called on Ap­ple to abide by the one-China prin­ci­ple, af­ter the com­pany listed China, Hong Kong, and Tai­wan sep­a­rately on its lat­est new prod­uct re­lease on Wed­nes­day.

On the slide show­ing coun­tries and re­gions where the new iPhone XS will ap­pear on mar­ket next Fri­day, Hong Kong and Tai­wan were listed on par with China, and Tai­wan was sep­a­rated from China and Hong Kong by three other coun­tries.

Hong Kong and Tai­wan are in­alien­able parts of China,which the United Na­tions rec­og­nizes.

Since the con­fer­ence listed the US Vir­gin Is­lands on par with the US, Chi­nese ne­ti­zens won­der why Ap­ple could not place China in front of Hong Kong and Tai­wan.

Ap­ple users say this is not the first time that Ap­ple vi­o­lates the one-China prin­ci­ple. The builtin world clock of iPhones places China be­hind all main­land cities and Hong Kong. But Ma­cao and Taipei are not listed this way.

“Multi­na­tion­als like Ap­ple usu­ally lack the po­lit­i­cal con­scious­ness in do­ing busi­ness, which may harm their own in­ter­ests,” said Li Haidong, a pro­fes­sor at the China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity’s In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions.

“For­eign com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in China should re­spect China’s ba­sic line and Chi­nese cus­tomers,” Li said. “Dou­ble stan­dard in mark­ing Chi­nese ter­ri­tory will harm the brand im­age of these en­ter­prises.”

Ap­ple is not the first multi­na­tional com­pany to adopt such a dou­ble stan­dard. Ikea, re­fer­ring to Tai­wan the same way as China and other coun­tries, caused sim­i­lar dis­putes in Au­gust.

Ear­lier this year sev­eral aviation com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Amer­i­can Air­lines re­ceived let­ters urg­ing the air­lines to change their in­cor­rect ref­er­ence to Tai­wan, Hong Kong and Ma­cao.

“We wel­come for­eign com­pa­nies to in­vest in China. But they should re­spect China’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, abide by Chi­nese laws, and re­spect Chi­nese peo­ple’s feel­ings,” For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang said on a news brief­ing in June.

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