Apple’s business model in China will probably clash with the desires of Beijing’s authoritarian government, Ian Bremmer predicted on Thursday.
“I think that within five to 10 years max, Apple doesn’t have a model in China,” Bremmer said during a presentation at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit.
China is such an important market for Apple that the company issued a rare sales warning last month because of slowing growth and rising trade tensions there.
Alphabet’s Google recently came under fire for reportedly building a censored search engine to get back into the Chinese market.
After facing a backlash inside and outside Google, CEO Sudar Pichai told Congress late last year there are no plans to launch in China.