China just proved how it forces ultra-nationalist views on its citizen and how the corporates are hand in glove with the establishment in China. Reports have pointed out that some companies in China have issued notices to its employees against buying at the latest Apple smartphone – the all-new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These notices, it has been reported, threaten employees they could be fired by the company in case they chose not to comply by the order.
The single-party system in China controls all aspects in the country and is known to be a highly autocratic and oppressive Communist regime. The establishment gives high value to ultra-patriotism among the Chinese people and reports suggest this could be a move to pass the message that buying a foreign smartphone is not patriotic – especially if it from an American company like Apple. Outside of USA, China used to be the biggest market for iPhones till a few months back. Now once again it has been replaced by Europe.
Earlier, it was believed that these directives from Chinese companies were just rumours, but it has now been revealed that companies are, in fact, issuing formal notices warning its employees against purchasing an iPhone. Check out the letter below published on Weibo which confirmed the practice among Chinese companies to threaten its employees to buy country-made smartphones over the iPhone.
For those who can’t read Chinese, Nanyang Yongkang Medicine Company clearly mentions in the letter that those who buy the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus will be asked to leave. “If you break this rule, then just come to the office straight way to hand in your resignation,” the letter says.
CNET points us to a report from China.org, which discovered that Fuling Xinjiuzhou Gynecology Hospital issued an even more strongly worded warning to its staff. “The administrative office of the hospital has decided not to allow any staff members to buy the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus,” the hospital wrote in a memo to employees. “Anyone who insists on purchasing one will be removed from candidacy for annual rewards of outstanding performances. And those who could not afford an iPhone 7 cell phone but still bought one will be asked to resign.”