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Chinese shout 'Boycott Apple' as US goes after Huawei

IANS  |  Beijing/San Francisco 

As the Washington-trade war intensifies along with fresh restrictions on Chinese in the US, there has been a significant rise in "Apple" movement in

According to News, there has been a flurry of anti-and messages on Weibo, China's version of

"I feel guilty watching the trade war. Once I have money I will change my (iPhone)," one user posted on

"I think Huawei's branding is amazing, it chops an into eight pieces," read another post.

has urged the US to stop "harassing overseas companies" and slammed US Donald Trump's decision to sign a national emergency order that prohibits American firms from using foreign-made equipment, citing espionage fears.

The US move, which effectively takes aim at Chinese Huawei, comes as the two economic superpowers are locked in a bitter unending trade war.

Chinese has said that it is still open to addressing US security concerns.

"The functions in are comparable to iPhones or even better. We have such a good alternative, why are we still using Apple?" said one user on

This isn't the first time that the "Apple" movement has gained traction in

Chinese in December last year rallied behind the tech giant, offering hefty discounts to employees to buy Huawei devices and shun iPhones.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, the move came after the detention of Huawei's in at the request of American prosecutors.

Over 20 Chinese also took to to announce that they will increase purchases of other Huawei products.

A in December banned the sale and import of most models after granting an injunction against Apple.

To avoid the ban, Apple released a small update to iOS, saying that iOS version 12.1.2 contains exclusive to China.



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First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 14:10 IST