Why Google’s ‘China Doctrine’ could be good for Apple

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac “Ask many China experts about the government and you’ll hear a couple of consistent trends: The State doesn’t forget; and the State can be very vindictive, which is why Google’s nascent China Doctrine or a threatened pull-out because of cyber attacks and censorship, might end up being very good for Apple Inc.,” Jim Goldman writes for CNBC.

Goldman writes, “Google’s new Nexus One isn’t in China just yet, but Motorola has already announced plans for Android phones on both China Mobile and China Unicom coming in a few months; Samsung also has Android phones launching in China. It stands to reason that if Google angers the Chinese political machine enough, that machine might sanction anything with Google’s fingerprints on it. Is it realistic to think that China could issue some kinds of access restrictions on phones running software from Google? Absolutely, say the experts I’m talking to.”

Goldman writes, “Google can afford to turn its back on the Chinese market because it has very little to lose. In doing so, it’s not all bad news. Apple and the iPhone, Research in Motion and its Blackberry, might end up enjoying market share no one anticipated.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Surely, that’s not the way Apple would want to “beat” Google in China. And RIM’s BlackBerry is outmoded tech.


  1. I understand the the Chinese are trying to get the black market iPhones to get away from the government mandated stripped down iPhones that cost more that the black market iPhones.

    Did the Chinese government restrict the WiFi in the Blackberries or they just knew that know one really used them to surf. However, I hear that the Blackberries are easy to make phone calls with.

  2. What vapid analysis…

    Then if Google is the worldwide champion of freedom that makes Apple evil/uncaring/greedy and sales would plummet (I think not though because peole are all talk when it comes to morals and consumerism. iPods could be made from baby seal bones made by child slaves and people will still buy them because they are the best).

    Only if Apple takes all manufacturing out of PRC could this be good for Apple ( from a political/p.r. angle).

  3. Okay, saying that Google standing up to a repressive regime is “Good for Apple” is pretty low. I hope Apple follows their lead and pushes for more openness in China as well.

    I respect Google more for this decision, and any of you out there have an insane case of google-phobia should take this as an example of how a powerful company can do good/

  4. The Google Bear speaks.

    If push comes to shove, I suppose Apple could pull manufacturing out of China, but they would take a big hit. But I wonder how Apple sales would fare if the label Made in America was on Macs, . . . even with a higher price.

  5. RIM’s BlackBerry is outmoded tech.

    Which bets the no-tech currently in place in China.

    There is a history of Western companies selling less-than-cutting-edge technology in China, and the Chinese snapping it up because it is so much better than what the already had.

    Just saying…

  6. Google is right on this issue, and Apple and everyone else should fall in line behind them.

    I for one am sick and tired of having our Intellectual Property ripped off and cyber stealing of IP secrets by China. China is using the greed of the western world against it as it plays one huge company against another to get what they want, and steal everything else they need. There’s no free trade in China, and you will never see the business they have stolen from the USA and other countries ever come out. There’s no technology sharing from China to the rest of the world, only the world to China.

  7. Personally, I’d love to see Apple spend some of those billions on bringing some of that manufacturing process back to the US. The “entire widget” would be impossible for a single company anymore, but body machining and assembly could be done here. They could also team up with TI or Freescale to build a plant for fabricating their own ARM SoC as well.

  8. Doing business with China: Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas…

    The Chinese administration is just looking after chinese interests – much like the american administrations of years gone by. Just more ruthlessly and more corruptly…

  9. An average wage of a Chinese factory worker comes out to no more than a few hundred US dollars monthly. In order to sustain a living in the US, even the most unskilled factory floor labourer needs to make at least five times as much. Let us not forget the labour laws in the US (union limits on hours worked per week, paid days off, health insurance contributions, etc).

    Would anyone here be willing to pay $5,000 US for a white MacBook that was made in the US?

  10. If the Chinese government wants to hack into its own people’s lives, what better way than to study and leverage Google’s open source Android code and unrestricted app market?

    BTW, MDN – any more risque EVONY ads on your site and it’d be in jeopardy of being banned from work.

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