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China Accuses Apple of ‘Guiding Hong Kong Thugs’

12 October 2019

Hundreds of black clad pro-democracy demonstrators chanted "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" outside the High Court on Wednesday as a leading activist appeared to appeal a six-year jail sentence for rioting in 2016.

Edward Leung, 27, one of the leaders of a movement advocating independence from China, and two other activists in 2016 received the harshest sentences handed down to pro-democracy leaders since 1997.

Apple is the latest foreign company to get into trouble with China over the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, now in their 18th week.

Scores of shops were boarded up after also being trashed or torched, and more protests are expected in coming days.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, the developer said that Apple had "many business considerations" but had "finally made the right decision".

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The newspaper said that while the app claims to provide transportation information to help the Hong Kong public, it is "actually used to identify the whereabouts of the police" and allows rioters in Hong Kong "to go on violent acts".

China dismisses such accusations, saying foreign governments, including Britain and the United States, have fanned anti-China sentiment.

On Wednesday, the MTR Corp. said train service had mostly returned to normal, after the rail operator was forced to halt most lines and services over the weekend.

The closure of some stations today resulted in massive queues of people waiting for shuttle buses during the morning rush hour, with some people choosing to walk kilometres to the nearest station.

USA -based analysts and former officials have seized on the more recent developments involving Apple and Hong Kong.

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More than 200 shops and public utilities had been damaged in the weekend's violent clashes. They also need to know that only the prosperity of China and China's Hong Kong will bring them a broader and more sustainable market. Scores of people, including police, have been injured.

China's state media and Tencent suspended National Basketball Association broadcasts after Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey last week tweeted an image supporting the Hong Kong protesters.

One-time USA presidential candidate and former First Lady Hillary Clinton and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver both weighed in to the controversy, drawing the ire of Chinese state media.

Protests broke out across Hong Kong in early June over a now-shelved extradition bill that activists said was an example of how Hong Kong's freedoms and citizen rights were being eroded.

In a statement Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said it is "inevitable that people around the world - including from America and China - will have different viewpoints over different issues" but that "the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues".

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Chinese state media has denounced Apple's decision to allow a Hong Kong map app on its app store, describing the move as "unwise", "imprudent" and "a betrayal of the Chinese people's feelings".

China Accuses Apple of ‘Guiding Hong Kong Thugs’