China's Vice Minister of Commerce clarifies how they'll compile a Blacklist against U.S. Tech Companies that should clear Apple
On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "China's Commerce Ministry Announces that it is set to Retaliate against the U.S. Huawei Affiliates Blacklist. On Sunday China's Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen announced that it will blacklist 'unreliable' foreign companies that harm Chinese businesses in order to maintain fair trade. He added that the move shouldn’t be over-interpreted.
"In follow-up comments to the original Friday announcement, Wang reiterated factors that China will consider when deciding whether to blacklist foreign companies. Those include: whether such companies discriminate against a Chinese company by blocking or cutting off its supplies; whether they do so for non-business purposes and against market rules; whether they cause actual damage to a Chinese company or industry; and whether they threaten China’s national security," according to Chinese publication Caixin Global.
In round one, the criteria that China is using would appear to clear Apple and not affect iPhones sales into China. However, it could affect Google that is seen as damaging Huawei's ability to sell smartphones to die-hard Android fans in China and around the world.
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