While foreign media coverage these last two weeks has focused on environmental disasters, over-fishing and emerging forms of the avian flu, the Chinese state media has turned its gaze towards the transgressions of Apple Computer, which found itself excoriated by CCTV on World Consumer Rights Day for its warranty policy and for using refurbished parts in mainland phone repairs.

Considering the enthusiasm of the Chinese market for Apple products, the state media-led hullabaloo has raised questions about whether the Chinese government is targeting Apple as a competitive threat to mainland companies. And what exactly is going on behind the scenes and what does it forebode for Apple? In today's episode of Sinica, we are delighted to welcome David Wolf from Allison + Partners and Laurie Burkitt of the Wall Street Journal to our studio to join hosts Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn for a discussion and analysis of the situation.

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 said on
April 6, 2013
Hey guys - can you post the links mentioned in the podcast? I'm in particularly interested in Alec Ash's (sp?) essay.

Thanks
 said on
April 6, 2013
Here are the recommendations:

Laurie

Use a rice cooker to bake bread

David

Red Capitalism by Carl E. Walter and Fraser J. T. Howie

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Capitalism-Financial-Foundation-Extraordinary/dp/0470825863

Jeremy

China’s Youth: Do They Dare to Care about Politics by Alec Ash

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/chinas-youth-do-they-dare-to-care-about-politics

The balinghou by James Palmer

http://www.aeonmagazine.com/living-together/james-palmer-chinese-youth/

Kaiser

Economist special on the Internet in China

http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21574628-internet-was-expected-help-democratise-china-instead-it-has-enabled
 said on
April 6, 2013
Just one note on this week's show. International Consumer Rights' Day came about because of a speech that J.F.K. made on March 15, 1962 calling for basic consumer rights.....

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