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Apple’s China problem highlights conundrum for tech sector

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Apple’s decision to bow to Chinese officials by removing apps to sidestep online censorship underscores the dilemma faced by US tech companies seeking to uphold principles while expanding their business.

The iPhone maker is the latest from Silicon Valley to face a conundrum in balancing their value for  and  against a government intent on controlling online content.

Apple this week acknowledged it had removed applications for so-called VPNs or , despite objections.

“We would rather not remove the apps, but like in other countries, we obey the laws where we do business,” Apple chief Tim Cook said during an earnings call.

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