Beijing Takes Another Bite at Apple

The Chinese Communist Party’s main propaganda outlet assailed Apple Inc.’s customer-service practices, the latest indication that China might move to check foreign companies’ domination of the country’s smartphone market.

The People’s Daily newspaper, the party’s traditional mouthpiece, in a front-page article on Monday accused the electronics maker of declining journalists’ requests for interviews and issuing an “empty and self-praising” response to a recent critical report by China’s national television broadcaster. The article was accompanied by a cartoon with a figure representing the company, saying, “Apple statement: empty.”

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