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China preventing Apple from selling legitimate iPads while permitting sale of knock-offs
The Los Angeles Times on February 13 reported (iPads seized in China over trademark row) that the Chinese courts are preventing Apple from marketing iPads in China. Here is a selection:
In general, the courts in China do the bidding of the Communist Party of China. This particular decision went against Apple, even though Apple had bought the rights to the iPad name from Proview back in 2006, as the Los Angeles Times article points out:
Meanwhile, according to an article in the China edition of the Wall Street Journal on July 11 2011 (The Ultimate Knock-off: A Fake Apple Store), knock-offs of Apple iPads and iPods are on sale in electronic markets throughout China.
The Chinese government is using the same technique to suppress legitimate Apple sales that it uses to suppress sales of US made movies, music and software. It delays the sale of the legitimate products while freely permitting the sale of pirated copies.
The Obama administration is continually fooled by promises, such as the one just made this week by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, that the Chinese government will, someday, seek a more balanced trade relationship with the United States. Meanwhile, the U.S. mercandise trade deficit hit a record at $295 billion in 2011, representing about 3 million U.S. jobs lost to China. Each month, for the past 23 months, the U.S. merchandise trade deficit has been worse than it was the same month one year earlier.
Obama's most likely opponent in November, Gov. Mitt Romney, is winning support as a result of his tough talk regarding China's trade cheating. Reuters reports from Seattle:
So far, the Obama administration has failed to protect American workers and businesses from China's trade cheating and stealing of American technology.
Comment by Steven, 2/15/2012:
The Chinese government loves ... China. That's not a problem, it should be normal. The problem is that the people of power in America... hate America.
Response to this comment by Howard Richman, 2/15/2012:
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