According to Chinese State Media Apple, Google and other US tech firms are the “pawns” of the US Government, that have been both spying on and stealing Chinese secrets. That is a pretty hefty and serious claim.
Calling out two massive corporations such as Apple and Google didn’t really seem to be enough for ‘The People’s Daily’ as its microblog was quick to point fingers at online Us companies in general which could include Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo. The article including the following in relation to its claims:
“To resist the naked Internet hegemony, we will draw up international regulations, and strengthen technology safeguards, but we will also severely punish the pawns of the villain. The priority is strengthening penalties and punishments, and for anyone who steals our information, even though they are far away, we shall punish them!”
This just adds further strain to the Chinese and US trade relationship with Google already clashing heads early this week when a Chinese censorship watchdog flagged Google’s pro-democratic anniversary event of the demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.