Tariffs?

Not necessary.
China thinks differently.

The Chinese government could simply say that the presence of foreign hardware and security-protected operating systems violate its laws about data security and its right to access citizen data.

An example …

Launched in 2011, WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app, has been under surveillance. Any message sent through a WeChat group is monitored by the app’s operator Tencent which is a Chinese technology giant, and those conversations will be kept for six months. Tencent is using big data technology to watch WeChat users. Even conversations deleted by WeChat users can be retrieved back by Tencent, especially when the authority wants to find evidence of a suspect due to illegal activities.

So what about iOS and Apple’s ad

“What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone”?

Well, first of all it’s not true that a huge amount of data created on an iPhone stays just on this device. But it becomes more and more difficult to get access even for the many Chinese pros.

If China really wants to retaliate it could stop the deployment of iOS and force Apple to implement backdoors to continue selling iThings.

Who benefits? Nobody.
Even the POTUS couldn’t save his face.

Thanks for your visit.