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Symbolic iPhone ruling attests to real China risk

Sales staff welcome the customers to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at an Apple store in Beijing, October 17, 2014. A Beijing regulator ordered Apple to stop selling some smartphones in the city because their design was too close to a Chinese firm’s model.
Jason Lee | Reuters
Sales staff welcome the customers to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at an Apple store in Beijing, October 17, 2014. A Beijing regulator ordered Apple to stop selling some smartphones in the city because their design was too close to a Chinese firm’s model.

A Chinese regulator has decided to ban the sale of some iPhone models in Beijing. Their design was supposedly too close to a domestic firm's model. The ruling is likely to prove largely symbolic, but it's a reminder of the real risks that Apple, Uber and other tech companies are taking in China.