If the last sixty odd years of Chinese history were told through Chinese Communist Party slogans, this year would mark a turning point in who controls the narrative.
Elusive expressions like Jiang Zemin’s “three represents” (which refers to the three pillars of the party—military, culture and public interest) and Mao Zedong’s “destruction of the four olds” (which connotes the destruction of pre-communist Chinese values) catalogue important transitions in China and form part of each leader’s legacy. The latest of these slogans is “Chinese Dream,” coined by China’s newest leader Xi Jinping.
Apple Inc. is once again in the pages of the People’s Daily, this time in an article listing a number of websites and app stores that have been investigated for providing pornographic content in China.
Apple sells tens of millions of iPhones every quarter, but its biggest challenge is expanding the reach of the iPhone in markets where smartphones are incredibly expensive and new to a lot of potential customers. At the Dive into Mobile conference on Monday in New York City, two companies represented onstage offered stark examples of how Apple’s model, which it has nearly perfected in established markets, may require some adaptation: China’s high-end handset maker Xiaomi and Brazil-based wireless carrier Movile.
According to a Chinese publication, Williams is in Beijing. He is assumedly talking with the media/government and checking up on Apple’s operations in the area. If Apple wants to continue expanding in China, it needs to stay in the government’s good graces. Other outside companies have been pushed out of China after they started getting too popular.
Apple’s Op-Chief is in Beijing to Deal with PR Crisis | M.I.C. Gadget
苹果COO威廉斯：抵达北京应对公关危机_人物-中关村在线 | 新闻中心
Jeff Williams: Apple’s other operations whiz | Fortune Tech
If Apple does not act contrite, there are thousands of other issues that CCTV or other state actors could attack them on, starting with the apps and content on their iTunes store: To this day the iTunes is the greatest Trojan horse of foreign content that any foreign media or tech company has managed to sneak into the People’s Republic without serious scrutiny.
Apple CEO Grovels to Communist China | M.I.C. Gadget
Apple’s apology not too late | Xinhua
Apple’s apology and positive moves should have come earlier, but it is not too late for it to rebuild Chinese consumers’ trust.
なぜアップルは国営メディアの圧力に屈したのか | maclalala2
中国の捌け口にされてしまったApple | GoGo! Machead!
「負けるが勝ち」ティム・クックCEOはやはりジョブズとはちがうね | Apple Products Fan
人民日報、「アップル叩き」の真の狙い | 日経ビジネスオンライン
中国官制メデイアの対アップル人民戦争決着、ティム・クックが謝罪声明＝“メンツ”というチャイナリスク | KINBRICKS NOW
致尊敬的中国消费者 | Apple
Open letters from the Apple CEO are few and far between, as are apologies. But from Tim Cook they come when he senses that public opinion is turning dangerously against the company — see also “Apple Maps.”
Tim Cook Apologizes for Chinese iPhone Warranty Policies | Daring Fireball
Apple changes Chinese warranties | The Loop
AppleのTim Cook CEO、中国ユーザーに対し、謝罪と保証ポリシーの変更を発表 | Macお宝鑑定団 blog（羅針盤）