US to Purge ‘Untrusted’ Apps in New Measures Against China

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts against Chinese technology companies as it prepares to purge App Stores of “untrusted” Chinese apps, reports Reuters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. “Clean Network” program would focus on five areas and include steps to prevent various Chinese apps and telecoms companies from accessing the sensitive […]

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China Refuses to Accept ‘Theft’ of TikTok if US Acquisition Goes Ahead

Yesterday we reported on Microsoft’s accelerated efforts to purchase TikTok in the United States before President Trump follows through on a threat to ban the Chinese-owned app in the country. On Tuesday, Reuters reported that China’s ruling Communist Party blasted those efforts via an editorial in the China Daily newspaper, saying it will not accept […]

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Apple Seeking to Build China-Based iPhone Supply Chain Exclusively for Chinese Market

DigiTimes issued a report today highlighting Apple’s apparent efforts to build a supply chain consisting entirely of China-based makers in order to manufacture iPhones specifically for the Chinese market. The assessment is based on recent aggressive moves by Apple suppliers Luxshare and Lens Technology to acquire metal chassis plants operated in China by Taiwan-based makers, […]

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Samsung shuts down PC plant in Suzhou China to focus on R&D

Samsung has decided to shut down its PC assembly and manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China, and will refocus its resources towards research and development, according to a recent report citing a staff notice that was later confirmed by Samsung. The letter revealed that with the exception of employees at the research and development department, all […]

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Apple Was Fastest Growing Smartphone Brand in China in Second Quarter, Buoyed By Strong iPhone SE Sales

Apple’s iPhone was the fastest-growing smartphone brand in China in the second quarter, according to data published by Counterpoint Research. Bouncing back from the decline in the market in Q1 following the global health crisis, Apple grew 32% year on year thanks to the continued popularity of its iPhone 11 lineup and heavy discounting at […]

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Apple ‘Assessing’ Hong Kong National Security Law as Other Tech Companies Pause Data Requests

Apple is assessing a new Hong Kong security law that makes “subversion” of the government illegal and raises concerns about the criminalization of protests, reports Bloomberg. China last week implemented legislation allowing local authorities to supervise and regulate internet access in Hong Kong. The new measures criminalize acts that were previously considered protected speech under […]

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WhatsApp Stops Processing Requests for User Data From Hong Kong Authorities

WhatsApp has suspended its processing of requests for user data from Hong Kong law enforcement agencies, in response to China’s imposition of a new national security law on the city, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company is “pausing” such reviews “pending further assessment of the impact of the National Security Law, including formal human […]

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Samsung set to profit from growing anti-China sentiment in India

Samsung’s well-positioned to emerge as the biggest winner of the growing anti-China sentiment in India, industry watchers believe. Escalating tensions over the Himalayan border dispute and the global coronavirus pandemic resulted in the world’s second most populous country adopting a range of protectionist economic measures, at least relative to how they impact Chinese businesses. New […]

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Apple ‘Battling’ to Free Up iPhone Shipments as India Holds Up Imports From China

Apple is “battling to free stuck shipments” at the Indian port of Chennai after the country ramped up scrutiny of imports from China following rising tensions between the two nations. Reuters reports that customs officers at the Southern Indian port have held back more than 150 shipments of smartphones and electronic parts from China, which […]

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Huawei evaluates inventory, delays production of parts

More delays are being reported. This time, we’re learning about Huawei telling its suppliers to delay the production of its latest flagship phone. It’s not clear if it includes limiting of production of its current flagships. The Chinese OEM is believed to be weighing the possible disruptions as the US trade ban continues to escalate. […]

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Ex-Samsung exec cites ‘friendship’ for joining Chinese rival – then quits

In a textbook example of bad timing, former Samsung China CEO decided to join one of his ex-employer’s top Chinese rivals just as those very same competitors were facing increased scrutiny over trade secret theft allegations. A company veteran of 30 years, Jang Won-ki helmed Samsung’s operations in China from 2011 to 2017, following a two-year stint […]

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Apple Removes Pocket Cast Podcast App From Chinese App Store

Apple on Wednesday removed popular podcast player Pocket Casts from the App Store in China. According to the app’s developers, the removal of Pocket Casts was at the request of the country’s Cyberspace Administration, which determined that the app could be used to access content regarded as illegal in China. “We believe podcasting is and […]

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