A number of Chinese companies are boycotting Apple as a sign of support for Huawei Technologies and Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Canada at the request of the US authorities.
Many Chinese businesses have offered employees subsidies if they buy Huawei handsets. “Several hundred” businesses across China are apparently carrying out similar programs.
A report from Nikkei Asia Review gave some examples of some of the anti-Apple boycotts:
“A machinery maker in Shenzhen, where Huawei is based, threatened to confiscate Apple devices from employees and fire those who did not comply. Menpad, a Shenzhen-based tech company, said it would punish employees who buy Apple products. Finally, Shenzhen Yidaheng Technology said it would fine staffers who bought iPhones the equivalent amount of their device, while other companies threaten to withhold bonuses.”
Earlier this month, a Chinese court banned the sale of several iPhone models in China as part of Apple’s patent battle with Qualcomm.