Chinese Firms Urge Employees to Boycott Apple in Support of Huawei

Chinese Firms Urge Employees to Boycott Apple in Support of Huawei

Chinese Firms Urge Employees to Boycott Apple in Support of Huawei

Meng's arrest in Canada, at the behest of the United States, has ignited a diplomatic row between Beijing and Ottawa, and increased tensions between Beijing and other western capitals, as a Washington-led trade war targets Huawei, a top Chinese technology company.

The report noted that Apple knows that any sudden signal to move production out of China would result in a similar smear campaign that was waged against Samsung could sink their future in China.

In retaliation to this and to gather support for the Chinese telecommunication giant, some Chinese companies are encouraging employees to boycott Apple products, the report notes.

Liang, who was reportedly appointed CFO following Meng's arrest, thanked those around the world who had supported Meng and Huawei.

Huawei is not getting support just from the IT firms but other sectors such as food companies as well.

Earlier this month, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S. Meng is accused of misleading financial institutions regarding transactions in Iran that violate U.S. sanctions.

While some companies are boycotting Apple all together, Huawei's main rival, Nikkei reported that machinery maker Shenzhen, near the telecom maker's base, threatened to confiscate Apple devices from employees and even fire them if they did not comply. He stressed, however, that the option to choose Huawei over Apple products was "based on voluntary decisions".

Companies in China offer incentives to employees who buy Huawei devices. But, one thing is clear, Apple products have now lost the reputation of the status symbol that they once enjoyed in the country.

Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver, Canada on December 1 under a warrant from the United States accusing her of conspiring to defraud banking institutions.

This January, Huawei was close to a large-scale return to the US after agreeing a distribution partnership with AT&T, the second-largest wireless carrier in the country. In 2012, businesses of Japanese companies were destroyed during the Senkaku Islands controversy.

"So far, all members of the management team have changed their smartphones to Huawei models to show support for homegrown brands", the manager was quoted as saying. South Korean firms such as Hyundai Group and Lotte Corp. have also been subject to recent boycotts because of that country's military alliance with the U.S. The concern is that its products could have been installed with a "backdoors" that would allow China to spy on other nations. Apple claims to have addressed the issue with a software fix, but Qualcomm is still fighting the court battle to enforce the ban.

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