China to boycott Apple if US bans WeChat
Published: 10:18 PM, 28 August 2020
If the United States bans WeChat, then the Chinese consumers could boycott Apple, warned China’s foreign ministry spokesman on Friday.
Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced a ban on WeChat and TikTok from mid-September, accusing them of threatening the country’s national security.
However, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted that “If WeChat is banned, then there will be no reason why China’s people shall keep iPhone and apple products.”
He already said on Thursday that many Chinese people are saying they may stop using iPhones if WeChat is banned in the US.
Meanwhile, China’s social media users on Friday responded with mixed feelings to Zhao’s warning on Twitter, which is blocked in China but accessible through virtual private network software.
“I use Apple, but I also love my country,” one user tweeted, adding, “It’s not a conflict.”
WeChat, popular in China as ‘Weixin’, has more than 1.2 billion active users globally.
On the other hand, Apple doing business on eight percent of China’s smartphone market in the second quarter of 2020, according to Counterpoint Research, which is far behind than Huawei.