Michael KanBeijing correspondent, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers IT, telecom and Internet in China for the IDG News Service.

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Foxconn's Hon Hai earns record annual profit

Foxconn's Hon Hai Precision Industry posted record annual profits last year, a sign that production of Apple products remains strong despite heightened competition. However, Foxconn's deal with Sharp appears to be in jeopardy.

China's Tencent looking at U.S. opportunities for WeChat app

Chinese Internet giant Tencent is eyeing the U.S. mobile Internet market with its popular WeChat product, a messaging app that lets users send messages, voice recorded notes, and pictures to friends on the service.

Apple supplier penalized for polluting nearby river in China

An Apple supplier known for making iPads has been penalized by Chinese authorities for turning a nearby river in Shanghai "white" after dumping pollutants during the nation's Spring Festival holiday.

Apple's China fortunes rise, despite sagging market share

A cheaper iPhone ? A deal with China Mobile ? Despite having neither of the two, Apple reported strong earnings in the Chinese market in its fiscal first quarter, with revenue buoyed by triple digit growth in iPhone sales.

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits China, meets with official

Cook discussed the global smartphone industry, new trends in innovation and Apple's developing business in China with a Chinese official

iPhone 5 hits 300,000 reservations in China

Demand for the iPhone 5 in China has reached more than 300,000 online reservations with mobile carrier China Unicom, as Apple prepares to starting selling the device there on Friday.

Foxconn considers expanding its manufacturing in the US

Foxconn Technology Group, which manufactures products for a number of tech firms, notably Apple, confirms it may expand its existing manufacturing operations in the U.S. The move could be linked with Apple's plan to bring Mac manufacturing back into the country.

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A crowd of Chinese people wait outside an Apple Store in Beijing to buy an iPhone 4.

Apple's iPhone 5 and newest iPads head for sale in China

The iPhone 5 is scheduled for release in China, one of Apple's biggest markets, on December 14 and the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will start selling in the country a week earlier on December 7.

Apple's iPhone 5 cleared for sale in China

Apple's iPhone 5 appears to have cleared the last hurdle in a series of Chinese regulatory checks, opening the way for the device to finally be sold in one of the company's largest markets.

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iPad shipments jump in China after trademark settlement

Apple's iPad shipments for China nearly doubled in the third quarter, after Apple settled in July a lengthy dispute over the iPad trademark name that once threatened to ban the device from store shelves in the country.

Google Maps usage in China plummets with Apple iOS upgrade

Google's mobile maps product saw its market share in China decline by close to 50 percent in the third quarter due to Apple switching to its own maps product for its iOS 6 upgrade, according to a Beijing-based research firm.

The human costs of the iPad mini: chemical smells, unpaid overtime, constant work

As Apple prepares to start selling its new iPad Mini, workers at a Chinese factory that manufactures the product have been enduring chemical fumes, 12-hour work shifts and alleged company mismanagement as they assemble the new device.

Foxconn builds products for many vendors, but its mud sticks to Apple

The name Foxconn has become shorthand for the human costs of building the iPhone in China, linking Apple to bad publicity about worker suicides, deaths from a plant explosion and rioting factory workers. But many other companies besides Apple contract with the Taiwan-based firm to build their products.

Workers' rights group accuses reported iPad mini supplier of labor abuses

A workers' rights group has slammed what it calls the "iPad mini manufacturer" for maintaining poor working conditions at a factory in China.

Nintendo investigates underage employment at Foxconn factory in China

The factory has been accused of employing a number of interns below the legal working age of 16

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