This was not all, China also stopped Apple iTunes and iBooks from being accessed in the country. While the ruling to shut down the services for its customers in China didn’t have a precise information, it looks like the reason for the same was that new rule that was passed, which made it mandatory for the government to give an approval on all foreign companies that were involved in providing online access to movies, books and games.
With the strict policies on technology and content of President Xi Jinping, China has seen a growth in domestic companies who have matured enough to become tough contenders to the foreign companies. According to WSJ, Chinese companies are laying claims to popular patents after their own patent system has seen some level of maturity.
Industry experts have claimed that Chinese companies are laying claim on the patents even if they weren’t the first to develop them and are winning the legal battle. It is rare for Chinese companies to attack and win against Western companies, but it is happening and will become more common.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook recently visited China, and he has announced that Apple will be investing $1 billion in Didi Chucking, which is going to rival Uber. This investment by Cook is being seen as a way to smoothen Apple’s strained relationship with China.
Apple’s sale in China, especially from iPhone 6, has declined by 26% over the past three months, and Apple iPhone 6 is seeing some tough competition from companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei.
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