- Title: China denounces violent HK protesters after Apple pulls police tracking app
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG ARRIVING FOR REGULAR NEWS CONFERENCE NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "Today I also noted the latest updates on this. I need to repeat again that the recent extreme and violent criminal acts happening in Hong Kong have challenged Hong Kong's rule of law and its social order, threatened the safety and security of Hong Kong citizens' and their property, damaged Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. When it comes to these kinds of extreme and violent criminal acts it is reasonable to oppose and resist rather than support and connive." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 10:52
- Keywords: Apple App store Hong Kong Chinese foreign ministry Hong Kong protests
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IM4W7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China said on Thursday (October 10) "it is reasonable to oppose and resist" the "violent criminal acts" in Hong Kong when asked about Apple Inc. removing a police tracking app from its App store.
The U.S. tech giant had come under fire from China over the app, with the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper calling the app "poisonous" and decrying what it said was Apple's complicity in helping the Hong Kong protesters. Apple had only just last week approved the HKmap.live app, which crowdsources the locations of both police and protesters, after rejecting it earlier this month. Since it was pulled some demonstrators have said they may "visit" its Hong Kong store.
Apple said in a statement that it had begun an immediate investigation after "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" contacted the company about the app and Apple found it had endangered law enforcement and residents.
Speaking at a regular news conference in Beijing Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the "criminal acts in Hong Kong have challenged Hong Kong's rule of law and its social order,".
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