For years, there has been a limit to the success of American
technology companies in China. Capture too much market share or
wield too much influence, and Beijing will push back.
Apple has largely been an exception to that trend. Yet the Silicon
Valley company is now facing a regulatory push against its
services in China that could signal its good relations in the
country may be turning.
Last week, Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies were shut down
in China, just six months after they were started there.
Initially, Apple apparently had the government’s approval to
introduce the services. But then a regulator, the State
Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television,
asserted its authority and demanded the closings, according to two
people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
China being China.