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summary of the top news in Chinese business and technology for August 10, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, and cultural news delivered to your inbox for free. Subscribe here.
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Lucas Niewenhuis

A law firm in Beijing has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with China’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) for removing the apps of 28 Chinese developers “without detailed explanation and charging excessive fees for in-app purchases,” the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall). A detailed explanation, the case argues, would include responses to developers in Chinese, which Apple does not currently provide.

There has been a torrent of bad news for Apple in China recently, following its decision at the end of July to remove 60 VPN apps from its Chinese app store at the behest of authorities. That decision was widely regarded as a “dangerous precedent” (paywall) and the beginnings of what may turn into a “nightmare” (paywall) for functional foreign business in the Middle Kingdom.


By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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