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09/01/2011 12:05 pm ET Updated Nov 01, 2011

WikiLeaks Spills Apple's Plan To Fight Chinese Counterfeits (VIDEO)

Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has published a classified U.S. diplomatic cable, detailing Apple's attempts to crack down on Chinese counterfeits of the corporation's products.

The Mac Observer reports that Apple has hired the team that was highly successful in helping pharmaceutical giant Pfizer combat the proliferation of counterfeit Viagra-style drugs.

However, according to ZD net, Chinese officials are reluctant to tackle the infringement of the iconic computer company's products.

One highlight [of a report] shows that Beijing “refused to investigate” a manufacturing plant of fake Apple products because it would “threaten local jobs”, adding that any raids on a imitation Apple store could drive away shoppers from a local mall.

The memo is of special interest at present because of the recent escalation of bootleg Apple products in China. As HuffPost Tech reported back in July, entire counterfeit Apple stores are springing up in China.