Chinese media cries foul when Apple lists Taiwan as country at conference

15-Sep-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Chinese-state-run media mouthpiece cries foul when Apple listed Taiwan as a country at its September press conference

Apple’s annual September press conference on Wednesday (September 12) drew an outcry from a Chinese state-run media outlet simply for continuing to list Taiwan as a country rather than a part of China.

At yesterday’s Apple conference, after introducing its new products, it then followed its standard convention of listing the dates and locations of the first big wave of new releases. Under the September 21 launch date for its new iPhone XS and XS Max, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were all listed separately, including the official flags of each.

Most conspicuous was Taiwan, as it stated the name of the country as “Taiwan” and showed its official flag, both of which have been under fire in recent years under Beijing’s “namefare” campaign meant to try to marginalise the country. On its Weibo page today, the Global Times questioned Apple’s decision to list Taiwan separately from China, “Apple, what did you mean at this press conference?” It then pointed out that while China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were listed separately, the US and the US Virgin Islands both had “US” in front of them and asked why “China” could not be added in front of Hong Kong and Taiwan in the same way.

Chinese netisens on the tightly monitored Weibo platform made comments in response, such as, “I have yet another reason why I won’t buy an Apple phone,” “I’m waiting for an apology,” and “rectify this, do not sell in China until this is rectified.”

Meanwhile, outside of the Great Firewall of China, Taiwanese netisens made fun of China’s selective singling out of listings of Taiwan. They pointed out that Taiwan’s flag has been long been displayed and China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have been listed separately for years under the option for country on Apple’s website.

Taiwanese netisens mocked the outcome of any government ordered boycott on Apple’s sales in China:

“Most of the customers will still be Chinese.”

“Good luck with the boycott, I’m sure tomorrow Apple will kneel and sing a victory song.”

“Boycott Apple, I bet you won’t really do that.”

Another netisen demonstrated how ridiculous China’s naming convention is:

“Just mark them… ‘China America, China Great Britain,’ That way, the US and the UK belong to China. Or simply mark it ‘China Earth.’ So the whole world belongs to China. This really shows how severely brain damaged the Chinese are!”


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