Why is the Chinese press so critical of Apple?

Not only has China’s Central TV been running regular follow ups to its March 15 expose on Apple’s iPhone repair policies, but on Thursday People’s Daily — the Communist Party’s official propaganda organ — attacked the company for the fourth day in a row, devoting half a page to negative articles.

Apple’s no longer a media darling in the US, either, but they’re definitely feeling the pinch in China. Philip Elmer Dewitt takes a look at the likely reasons behind the push.