• Did China steal Japan's high-speed train?

    The company that makes Japan's legendary Shinkansen bullet trains certainly regrets working in China.

    By Michael Fitzpatrick

    FORTUNE -- One China defender recently claimed his countryman's "bandit innovators" could be good for the world. That was small consolation for the Japanese, who say that China pirated their world-famous bullet train technology.

    "Don't worry too much about Chinese companies imitating you, they are creating value for you down the road," said Li Daokui, MORE

    Apr 15, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • The Wall Street Journal as Apple buzzkill

    Buy the news, sell the rumor.

    FORTUNE -- Tuesday was another strange one for Apple's (AAPL) beleagued shares.

    With the caveat that it's always dangerous to attribute reason to something as irrational as the stock market, this is how it looked to me:

    The stock opened strong -- despite a wishy-washy Goldman Sachs note and a bizarre Jim Cramer rant -- on news that Tim Cook's apology to China seemed to have done MORE

    - Apr 2, 2013 4:43 PM ET
  • Video: Why Apple apologized

    Yours truly did an interview with Richard Quest on CNN International Monday


    FORTUNE -- A 3:43-minute round-up of the reasons behind Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook's letter of apology to his Chinese customers, recorded Monday afternoon before China's response. Not much here that regular readers haven't heard before.

    To view full screen, start the video and click the box in the lower right corner.

    - Apr 2, 2013 12:01 PM ET
  • Tim Cook issues an apology to Apple's Chinese customers

    Improves Apple's warranty policies in China following a state-sponsored smear campaign

    FORTUNE -- Two weeks after China's Central Television accused Apple (AAPL) of giving Chinese customers second-rate repair service on its iPhones and iPads -- a charge echoed and amplified by editorials in the People's Daily -- CEO Tim Cook posted a signed apology on Apple's Chinese-language website.

    A public apology was one of the demands made last week by the China MORE

    - Apr 1, 2013 12:11 PM ET
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  • Citi: China's propaganda could cost Apple $13 billion in sales

    Using the 2010 HP campaign as a template to measure the damage Apple might suffer.

    FORTUNE -- Citi's Glen Yeung on Monday tried to put a dollar figure on the potential cost to Apple (AAPL) of China's state-sponsored propaganda campaign, now entering its third week.

    Apple, he points out, is not the first foreign company to be targeted by the People's Republic. YUM brands (part of KFC) saw sales fall 20% year over MORE

    - Apr 1, 2013 11:29 AM ET
  • Apple. China. Cyberwar.

    Are China's hacker attacks and its anti-Apple campaign both preludes to a trade war?

    FORTUNE -- Hillary Clinton and Admiral Mike Mullen. The nuclear weapons labs at Los Alamos and Oak Ridge. The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, State, Energy and Commerce. The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Lockheed Martin, Dow Chemical and Coca Cola. Adobe, Yahoo and Google

    That, according to an alarming (and alarmingly hawkish) article in the Wall Street Journal's weekend edition, is a partial MORE

    - Mar 31, 2013 8:02 PM ET
  • China vs. Apple: The iPad is now in the Party's crosshairs

    A watchdog agency demands Apple classify iPads as computers with 2-year warranties

    FORTUNE -- In the latest twist in China's state-sponsored attack against Apple (AAPL), the China Consumer's Association -- a government funded watchdog group -- has zeroed in on the iPad. In a statement posted on the CCA's website, according to a report Sunday on

    "Apple Inc. was told to equalize the warranty periods in China compared with other countries. Buyers MORE

    - Mar 31, 2013 8:23 AM ET
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  • How Apple's return policy in China differs from the U.S.

    It doesn't, as near as I can tell. So what's all the fuss about?

    FORTUNE -- The big tech news in China this month, in case you missed it, is the state-run media's high-profile campaign against Apple (AAPL) and its alleged discriminatory return and repair policies.

    For two weeks front-page stories in the People's Daily and broadcasts on China Central Television (CCTV) have blasted the company for its greed, dishonesty and "unparalleled MORE

    - Mar 30, 2013 6:07 AM ET
  • Why is China's state-run media targeting Apple? Five theories

    Consumer protection? Negative marketing? Negotiating ploy? Payback? Squeeze?

    FORTUNE -- The drumbeat hasn't stopped.

    Not only has China's Central TV been running regular follow ups to its March 15 expose on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone repair policies, but on Thursday People's Daily -- the Communist Party's official propaganda organ -- attacked the company for the fourth day in a row, devoting half a page to negative articles.

    "One reported on a patent infringement suit lodged against Apple MORE

    - Mar 28, 2013 2:17 PM ET
  • Chinese iPhone loyalists blast Party's anti-Apple campaign

    The state-run media attacked as "a brain-dead product of the Cultural Revolution"

    FORTUNE -- In the middle of a war of words between his customers and the government of his second largest market is probably the last place CEO Tim Cook wants to be right now. But that's where Apple (AAPL) finds itself today, according to Popularity helps buffer Apple from Chinese state-media attacks, an item that moved on the Reuters newswire Wednesday morning.

    It's the MORE

    - Mar 27, 2013 10:44 AM ET
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