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Disney, Apple and other firms pawns of China: Attorney General William Barr

Barr chided US companies for being too willing to take steps to ensure access to the large Chinese market

US  Attorney General William Barr, flanked by Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Edward O'Callaghan and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speak at a news conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, in Washingt

Barr suggested that Apple iPhones “wouldn’t be sold (in China) if they were impervious to penetration by Chinese authorities”

Reuters Washington
United States (US) Attorney General William Barr took aim at Hollywood companies, including Walt Disney on Thursday, as well as large technology firms like Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Microsoft over company actions with China.

“Corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Apple have shown themselves all too willing to collaborate with the (Chinese Communist party),” Barr said. He added that Hollywood has routinely caved into pressure and censored their films “to appease the Chinese Communist Party.”
The companies and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately comment. Apple declined comment.

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First Published: Jul 18 2020 | 12:54 AM IST

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