From “Apple, TikTok draw congressional rebuke for sitting out of hearing on China” in Wednesday’s Washington Post:
Apple and TikTok took a lashing Tuesday for skipping a congressional hearing meant to explore the tech industry and its ties to China, an absence that threatens to bring sustained political scrutiny of the companies’ controversial relationships with Beijing.
Two empty chairs at a witness table served to illustrate the companies’ absence from the hearing, convened by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a tech-industry critic who opened the session by blasting Apple and TikTok over “the danger of Chinese tech platforms’ entry into the U.S. market and the danger of American tech companies’ operations in China.”
Cue the video (2:30 min.):
My take: Two of Apple’s strengths abroad—the Asian supply chain that Tim Cook built and the Chinese market he grew—also make Apple vulnerable to attacks back home.