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Angry Chinese wait for Huawei apology over 'Taipei, Taiwan'

Smartphone giant changes setting that implied island's independence

The Huawei logo is pictured on the company's stand during the 'Electronics Show - International Trade Fair for Consumer Electronics' at Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Poland.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Huawei Technologies was under pressure Thursday to apologize for implying Taiwan was independent from China in its smartphone settings after calls for a boycott forced the Chinese telecom giant to issue a quick update.

Chinese netizens were outraged over the setting, taking to Weibo -- China's equivalent of Twitter -- early this week to complain. They were upset because Huawei smartphones listed "Taipei (Taiwan)" for a time zone when the default language was set to traditional Chinese, which is used in Taiwan and Hong Kong, but "Taipei (China)" for users set to simplified Chinese, which is mostly used on mainland China.

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