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Apple's China problem highlights conundrum for tech sector

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It's not up to tech companies to fight against censorship imposed by a regime that, let's not forget, was supported by Chinese population. Companies have to create jobs, prosperity and answer to shareholders. Amnesty International is a travesty and want companies to behave as diplomatic bodies in foreign lands.

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However, the removal of VPN applications in China by Apple could ramp up the popularity of iPhone rivals powered by Google-backed Android software that lets people get apps from unofficial marketplaces.

Apple's business model which requires users to install only approved applications, ironically, makes it easier for a regime like China to exert control, analysts point out.

That's the hazard of a walled garden - you're at the mercy of whoever is ruling the walled garden

If it's a benign ruler, then you're fine - but if it's not, then you're screwed

It's not up to tech companies to fight against censorship imposed by a regime that, let's not forget, was supported by Chinese population.

Don't forget that the next time the US government, by order of the court, obliges Apple to help hack the iPhone

http://www.people-press.org/2016/02/22/more-support-for-justice-department-than-for-apple-in-dispute-over-unlocking-iphone/

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This perfectly illustrates the barrel over which China has the West. China can do what it pleases in the South China Sea knowing full well that any sanctions against it will seriously hurt Western corporate manufacturing interests and profit and we all know that politicians are owned by the corporations.

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Appalling working conditions in factories making their products, what would you expect?

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"Google stood up and left, and now they aren't a power in China," Enderle said of the cost of the move.

Way to go Google. Would be great if more could do this, just turn your back on China, stop feeding the monster.

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