Copying has long been what China does with Western stuff, but the Apple Store story seems to have touched a new nerve. Now, not only is the product being copied but the retail aesthetic and subsequent hype is, too. That's being perceived as a threat.
BEIJING, China - Chinese officials have found five fake Apple stores in the southwestern city of Kunming, and ordered two of them to suspend business while they're investigated, a local government website said Monday.Officials couldn't do anything about the other three stores -- which prominently displayed Apple signs and logos -- because they did not find any fake Apple products for sale, according to a report by a local newspaper posted on the Kunming city government's website.
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- BEIJING, China - At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat to customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang from...