The Chinese are no exception when it comes to Apple users' loyalty, and they're coming to the iPhone maker's defense following a widespread state media campaign accusing the Cupertino, Calif. company of greed and arrogance.
One of the latest salvos came in an op-ed today in the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily that ripped into the computer company under the headline "Destroy Apple's Unparalleled Arrogance."
It accuses Apple of "Westerners' traditional sense of superiority" in its policies toward China. Although China requires all companies to offer two-year warranties for thier products, Apple has only a one-year global warranty for its devices, according to People's Daily.
The article denounces Apple for being greedy, profit-driven, and "arrogant" in what Beijing commentator Bill Bishop calls a "fairly nasty nationalist tone."
The op-ed comes on the heels of other anti-Apple news reports and editorial cartoons in state-run media.
Earlier this month, China Central Television (CCTV) accused Apple and Volkswagen of unfair corporate practices during the station's annual corporate malpractice expose.
"Apple must change its policy, or the administrative law enforcement authorities will severely deal with (them) in accordance with the relevant laws and rules," an unidentified official told CCTV, Reuters reported.
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CCTV's business website also enthusiastically reported Volkswagen would recall 385,000 cars because of a "longstanding gearbox issue" after the "bug was mentioned in CCTV's annual investigative special report on corporate malpractices aired last Friday."