China warns the US of Apple boycott if WeChat is banned

Chinese buyers could boycott Apple if the US bans WeChat, China’s foreign ministry spokesman warned, as US orders to block the popular social app.

US President Donald Trump this month declared a ban from mid-September on WeChat and another Chinese-owned app, TikTok, accusing them of threatening national security.

But foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian wrote on his twitter that “If WeChat is banned, then there will be no reason why Chinese shall keep iPhone and apple products.”

Zhao had already on Thursday said, “many Chinese people are saying they may stop using iPhones if WeChat is banned in the US”.

Chinese social media users on Friday reacted with mixed feelings to Zhao’s warning on Twitter, which is blocked in China but accessible through virtual private network software.

“I use Apple, but I also love my country,” one user wrote on the Twitter-like Weibo platform. “It’s not a conflict.”

“No matter how good Apple is, it’s just a phone. It can be replaced, but WeChat is different,” another user said. 

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