Chinese companies boycott Apple to support Huawei

Chinese companies boycott Apple to support Huawei

The recent arrest of Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada over the Chinese company's violation of the U.S. trade sanctions against Iran has, it seems, finally hit the nationalistic nerve center of Chinese people. Some companies are even reported of discouraging Apple product use by excluding the iPhone users from any job promotions.

The shares of Apple has fallen down in China. Chinese companies are offering their employees subsidies for buying Huawei smartphones and boycotting Apple products. Many companies have voiced their support in buying Chinese made electronic hardware, like from Huawei and ZTE, as opposed to American made ones.

According to a report in Nikkei Asian Review on Tuesday, the move came after the detention of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada at the request of American prosecutors. "Several hundred" businesses across China are apparently carrying out similar programs.

The dispute between the USA and China has now spilled over to Europe, where some countries are also starting to avoid its network systems over data security concerns. Chinese firms are protesting against this issue in their own way, where some are offering Two free Huawei Products per Employee while on the other hand, some of the Brewers are offering up to 30% off on Alcohol on showing a receipt of purchasing a Huawei Product. He stressed, however, that the option to choose Huawei over Apple products was "based on voluntary decisions".

There is a more sinister side to the Chinese firm's unwavering support, with some reportedly also pushing staff to boycott products from Apple. Many China-based smartphone vendors, including Huawei, launch new devices at a more rapid rate than Apple does. The executive was apprehended during a layover between flights at the request of the US government.

This January, Huawei was close to a large-scale return to the USA after agreeing a distribution partnership with AT&T, the second-largest wireless carrier in the country.

It is not the first incident that Chinese companies have boycotted foreign companies over a disagreement with the Chinese government. During the 2012 protests over China's dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, there was a mass boycott of Japanese auto manufacturers for example.

"So far, all members of the management team have changed their smartphones to Huawei models to show support for homegrown brands", the manager was quoted as saying. In another instance, South Korean companies including Hyundai faced a boycott over the deployment of a US missile defense system in Seoul. -China trade war is not the only concern of the U.S. Company.

Apple has recently lost its legal battle against Qualcomm in China.

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