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Chinese twist to Apple's privacy stand-off

The company is playing the long game with its business because if it cooperates with one government, it will have to cooperate with all of them

China is Apple's second largest market - Chinese consumers spent US$59 billion on Apple products in the last fiscal year - and the iPhone has become a status symbol and a form of personal security.

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IT TOOK six years for Apple to persuade China's largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, to sell the iPhone. Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, made repeated trips to China to meet top government officials and executives to woo them personally.

The persistence paid off...

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