Linked by KLU9 on Mon 18th Mar 2013 09:22 UTC
Apple Every year on World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), government-controlled China Central Television (CCTV) broadcasts a special report (in Chinese) damning companies for abusing Chinese consumers. This year the targets included Apple. Apple was accused of giving Chinese consumers worse service than customers in other countries, specifically of giving them replacements that included cases from their old phone, while customers in the UK would get a 100% new product.
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If the Chinese government had really wanted to shut down foreign technology standards, they would have not allowed China Unicom (the second largest carrier) to deploy WCDMA, nor China Telecom (the old monopoly service provider) to deploy CDMA2000. Those sorts of things would require licenses in any other countries. The reason they are pushing local technology standards was to pay less patent licensing fees to foreign entities, so that they can keep more money in the local economy. This is particularly evident in the development of their high speed rail network. In exchange for access to the huge Chinese market, the Ministry of Railways negotiated permanent technology transfer agreements (they obviously wouldn't accept patent protection money) with Kawasaki (Shinkansen), Alstom and Bombardier. Siemens did want to transfer their technology in the first round of negotiations, so it did not get any contracts... In the end, Siemens had to swallow their pride (otherwise they are completely shut out of the Chinese market), and offer to transfer their higher-speed designs to the Chinese in the second round of negotiations.

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