Epic-Apple tiff; India polls; New Zealand-China relationship

In today's episode, we discuss the tiff between Epic Games and Apple, as the two battle out Apple’s app store policies in court, look at election results in India and what the verdict implies for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government that is battling a record surge of coronavirus cases in the country and examine New Zealand’s relationship with China.
Today on The Leaders' Brief -
  • Months after gaming giant Epic games launched an all-out war against Apple for its app store policies the two companies started arguing the case in court this week. The tiff which began in August last year saw Apple remove Epic’s popular mobile game Fortnite from its stores after it implemented its own in-app payment, bypassing Apple's 30% charges. Epic had deliberately rolled out the update bypassing Apple’s store payment system as a sign of protest against what it believes is a monopoly by Apple in deciding what apps can appear on iPhones and demanding a cut as high as 30%.

  • Assembly poll results for four states are indicative of a dip in the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP government that had grabbed federal power with an overwhelming majority for a second term in the country. Among them, West Bengal, with a population of over 90 million people and 294 assembly seats was set for the toughest battle. Several of Mr Modi’s party workers, including the Prime Minister himself, had run their largest campaign in the state of Bengal since the beginning of this year and were hopeful of winning a large share of the seats if not a majority. 

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s government is facing increasing criticism from Western allies for not doing enough to criticise China’s alleged authoritarian policies. In what seemed like an attempt to counter such criticism, the Prime Minister said at the China Business Summit in Auckland that there are several differences between China and her nation, but such differences need not define their relationship. However, she mentioned that as days pass these differences are becoming difficult to reconcile. 

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