On Friday, Taiwan's Economics Minister Shih Yen-shiang urged the public to show more support for HTC Corp., a Taiwanese smartphone maker. The Minister stated that the "Public should cherish our own brand." The remarks came after HTC released their revenue report amid fierce competition from Apple and Samsung. The Taiwanese government is now working on providing a better environment and offering assistance to Taiwan's smartphone makers, including integrating industry supply chains, launching an application processor development project and more, according to the Minister. In October of 2011, the Premier of Taiwan took a swipe at Apple due to their patent victory for slide and lock. Considering the tremendous amount of business that Apple is giving to Taiwan's Hon Hai (Foxconn), is it right for their Government to be playing up nationalistic sentiments against Apple? Is it right to be championing HTC over Hon Hai when Apple and HTC are still battling it out in court? You don't hear the Canadian Government whining to their citizenry that they should be supporting their cherished RIM over their US competitors Apple and Google, do you? I don't know, maybe it's just me – but I think that Taiwan's mouthy government should be a little more grateful for the business that North American companies are giving them instead of whining in public to stir up nationalism. It's a bad idea and worst yet, bad policy. What are your thoughts on this?
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