Dear Valued Visitor,

We have noticed that you are using an ad blocker software.

Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly depends on them and we can only keep providing you high-quality research based articles as long as we can display ads on our pages.

To view this article, you can disable your ad blocker and refresh this page or simply login.

We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member.

Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Part of Dangerous Chinese Witch-Hunt?

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is apparently the newest company to be facing ridicule by the state-run media in China. After all, with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) taking off some heat by apologizing for its repair and replacement policies involving its iPhone, it seems like there is not much news going on in China, so the media needed to fill some air time with a new scandal involving an U.S. tech company. Not just Apple.

Apple Inc. (AAPL), Inc. (AMZN), Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS)

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), we’re bored. We need a story. Oh wait, there is your warranty! Perfect!

Yep, Microsoft is now in the crosshairs of China media, as this time China National Radio is picking on the warranty for the Surface tablet, which has a one-year warranty for every part of the tablet, including major parts and components.

The latest “scandal” has had China’s national radio network taking shots at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and its tablet for not following national law which requires a two-year warranty for major components and one year for the entire tablet.

The radio network insists (of course) that this report has only come from recent complaints about Microsoft’s warranty policies, and is in no way related to the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) crusade, which ended once CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology and immediately changed the company’s policies for repair and replacement of its iPhone devices.

Though the state media says this isn’t a witch hunt for U.S. tech companies involving Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple and the rest of the gang, there are skeptics. “It sounds potentially worrisome; it looks a copycat of the whole Apple thing,” said author Doug Young,  who wrote a book about the state-run media in China.

As the Chinese national media, and by extension consumers, got their apology from tech heavyweight Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) over warranty policies, is it possible that  China believes it can bully another tech company like Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) into getting CEO Steve Ballmer to issue its own apology? How well do you know Microsoft’s Ballmer – do you think he’ll pull an Apple-esque Tim Cook? We’d like your thoughts about this in the comments section below.

DISCLOSURE: I own no positions in any stock mentioned.

Related tickers: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

DOWNLOAD FREE REPORT: Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks

Let Warren Buffett, George Soros, Steve Cohen, and Daniel Loeb WORK FOR YOU.

If you want to beat the low cost index funds by 19 percentage points per year, look no further than our monthly newsletter.In this free report you can find an in-depth analysis of the performance of Warren Buffett's entire historical stock picks. We uncovered Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks and a way to for Buffett to improve his returns by more than 4 percentage points per year.

Bonus Biotech Stock Pick: You can also find a detailed bonus biotech stock pick that we expect to return more than 50% within 12 months.
Subscribe me to Insider Monkey's Free Daily Newsletter
This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.