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 I have iTunes Store accounts in Austria, Germany, and the US. For each one of them I had to have a payment method before being able to "purchase" anything, even free things. In Austria I bought an iTunes gift card at some store cash register, for the German account I had a friend buy one for me who lives in Germany. In both cases I was not able to use my regular US credit card as a payment method. In Austria I was eventually able to set up some other payment method,...
 Let's see how you like this slightly modified version of what you say: "Your understanding of China is also very naive. Chinese separatists want independence from Japan. This is why they are illegal." Tibet is as much Chinese if the Tibetans don't want to be Chinese as China is Japanese if the Chinese don't want to be Japanese. If memory serves me right, the Chinese weren't too happy when they were made part of the Japanese Empire before WWII. So why should the Tibetans...
 Everyone has the choice to play the game or to excuse themselves from participating...
 You try to shift the argument by not quoting what I wrote my reply to. I fixed that issue, by including again the section of your original post that I was referring to. So let's look at what you wrote: "These activists are very selfish."  What activists? These are programmers who write software to prevent government snooping. In any reasonable country that's legal. I can encrypt and bypass NSA snooping as much as I want, while they try to break whatever mechanisms I use...
 I wouldn't be so sure about that. Having an official corporate presence in Taiwan that's distinct from doing business in (mainland) China is a tad too close for comfort to endorsing Taiwan as an entitiy distinct from (mainland) China.Doing business with a Taiwan-owned manufacturing company that does all the actual manufacturing in (mainland) China is different, because at least in theory, sooner or late Taiwan will be rejoined with (mainland) China anyway (so goes the...
 Yes, but the actual manufacturing happens in mainland China. There is an odd tension-yet-collaboration-yet-hate between the monied and political powerful elites of Taiwan and China. Unless you have at least a cursory familiarity with Chinese culture and history, what's going on between China and Taiwan is hard to understand. Imagine Yankees vs. Dixie, but with an odd mixture of ethical and cultural merits between both sides and a civil war that ended in a stalemate, then...
 The Taiwanese don't hate Apple. Many of the Taiwanese may not have enough money to afford Apple, but they don't hate it. They do hate, by and large, the mainland Chinese government. The reason Apple doesn't have retail stores in Taiwan is the same reason they removed the app from the AppStore: so-called "communist" mainland China (which is more like fascist mainland China) does not recognize Taiwan as an independent political entity and considers it a "rogue, secessionist...
 Americans do constantly things against the US government. Heck, even the US government does things against the US government, which is why we currently have a US government shut-down. It's called democracy, civil-disobedience, protest, riots, law-suits, etc. People use all the tools at their disposal, and then some, to make sure government doesn't go beyond it's limits.If none of that helps, people take up arms, engage in whistle-blowing like Ed Snowden, etc. So yes, as...
 Here we go: another one of the bloggers/internet posters paid by the Chinese government to spread their views and dilute the public opinion. Remember the recent micro-blogging disaster, when "people" were outraged at news before the news actually broke, because they were paid to post pro-government opinions and didn't bother to check if the news had actually happened already? Who cares what's good for China (read: the Chinese government and it's cronies)? What matters is...
The risk isn't big at all: it is forsaking doing business in a country run by a bad regime. It's common practice which is why Apple does no business in North Korea, Syria, Iran, Cuba...It's just that the US has grown so dependent on China and cheap imports that the US can't afford to take stance against the regime anymore. Difficult to oppose a regime that holds most of the US national debt and which could collapse the US economy with the equivalent of an economic nuke by...
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