A Chinese diplomat displayed his allegiance for Huawei by suggesting on Twitter that the Huawei logo looks like a sliced-up apple.
Apple might have felt more of a sting had he not tweeted it from an iPhone.
It’s unclear if Zhao Lijian borrowed a picture or sectioned his own apple, fanning it out near a cleaver so he could serve up this clever line: “Look at the logo of Huawei. It has cut APPLE into pieces…”
Followers quickly laughed to pieces, pointing out the detail on his post that read, “Twitter for iPhone.” Lijian, a deputy chief at the Chinese embassy in Islamabad, got even more attention when Bloomberg reported his social media blunder.
One Twitter user responded with a single word, “Epic!!!”
It brings levity to the brewing tensions of the trade between the U.S. and China. President Trump banned Huawei products in the U.S. and a “Boycott Apple” campaign has since gained momentum. The rhetoric and posturing only complicate Apple’s push to sell more products in China.
Huawei has moved past Apple as the second-biggest smartphone maker. It’s most recent handsets have won wide praise from critics for its camera and features not found on the iPhone.
Huawei executives in the past have tried to inflame its competition with Apple with tweets that dis the iPhone maker.
Apple never fires back but must relish when the posturing backfires on the Chinese tech giant.
In January, Bloomberg reported the demotions and payouts of two employees at Huawei, for company tweets sent from iPhones.
The use of iPhones among Huawei employees is not limited to its lower ranks.
When Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada last year, Canadian authorities confiscated three Apple devices, an iPhone 7 Plus, an iPad Pro and a 2015 MacBook Pro. Meng was arrested on charges Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran.