Now playing
01:21
Peter Navarro: Huawei is a bad actor
screengrab australia wine
PHOTO: CNN
screengrab australia wine
Now playing
02:44
Australia's wine industry battered as relations with China sour
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: General View of BBC Broadcasting House on January 29, 2020 in London, England.
PHOTO: Peter Summers/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: General View of BBC Broadcasting House on January 29, 2020 in London, England.
Now playing
03:22
China bans BBC News after UK pulls CGTN's license
Biden US China tech war Wang pkg intl hnk vpx_00010025.png
Biden US China tech war Wang pkg intl hnk vpx_00010025.png
Now playing
02:37
US-China tech rivalry will likely continue under Biden presidency. Here's why
Jack Ma makes his first public appearance since late October in a new video published on January 20 by Tianmu News, a subsidiary of the Zhejiang government's official newspaper.
PHOTO: Tianmu News
Jack Ma makes his first public appearance since late October in a new video published on January 20 by Tianmu News, a subsidiary of the Zhejiang government's official newspaper.
Now playing
02:20
See Jack Ma's first public appearance in months
In this photo taken on September 5, 2020, people wearing face masks walk in a shopping mall in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province. - China is recasting Wuhan as a heroic coronavirus victim and trying to throw doubt on the pandemic's origin story as it aims to seize the narrative at a time of growing global distrust of Beijing. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY HEALTH-VIRUS-CHINA-DIPLOMACY-WUHAN,FOCUS BY DAN MARTIN (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images
In this photo taken on September 5, 2020, people wearing face masks walk in a shopping mall in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province. - China is recasting Wuhan as a heroic coronavirus victim and trying to throw doubt on the pandemic's origin story as it aims to seize the narrative at a time of growing global distrust of Beijing. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY HEALTH-VIRUS-CHINA-DIPLOMACY-WUHAN,FOCUS BY DAN MARTIN (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Now playing
01:32
China's economy grows 2.3% in 2020
A split of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump.
PHOTO: Getty Images
A split of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump.
Now playing
02:06
Trump administration dials up US-China tech tensions
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: People walk past the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 24, 2020 in New York City. As investor's fear of an election crisis eases, the DowJones Industrial Average passed the 30,000 milestone for the first time on Tuesday morning.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: People walk past the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 24, 2020 in New York City. As investor's fear of an election crisis eases, the DowJones Industrial Average passed the 30,000 milestone for the first time on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:20
Chinese firms face delisting threat
Screengrab Ant group
PHOTO: CCTV
Screengrab Ant group
Now playing
02:35
Chinese government halts Ant Group's giant IPO
HONG KONG - 2019/04/06: In this photo illustration a Chinese online payment platform owned by Alibaba Group, Alipay, logo is seen on an Android mobile device with People's Republic of China flag in the background. (Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PHOTO: SOPA Images/LightRocket/LightRocket via Getty Images
HONG KONG - 2019/04/06: In this photo illustration a Chinese online payment platform owned by Alibaba Group, Alipay, logo is seen on an Android mobile device with People's Republic of China flag in the background. (Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Now playing
02:40
How China's Ant Group built a $17 trillion payments machine
A pedestrians walks past HSBC signage in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on July 31, 2017.
HSBC said on July 31 pre-tax profit for the first half of 2017 had risen five percent to 10.2 billion USD compared with the same period last year, in what it called an "excellent" result following a turbulent 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE        (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Issac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images
A pedestrians walks past HSBC signage in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on July 31, 2017. HSBC said on July 31 pre-tax profit for the first half of 2017 had risen five percent to 10.2 billion USD compared with the same period last year, in what it called an "excellent" result following a turbulent 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images)
Now playing
03:31
HSBC may have to choose between China and the West
PHOTO: Photo Illustration: Shutterstock / CNN
Now playing
02:50
The moral dilemma of doing business in China, explained
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: A Chinese soldier stands guard in front of Tiananmen Gate outside the Forbidden City on October 27, 2014 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: A Chinese soldier stands guard in front of Tiananmen Gate outside the Forbidden City on October 27, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:56
China censors a lot, from Winnie the Pooh to the NBA
SHANGHAI, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 17: Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference at West Bund on September 17, 2018 in Shanghai, China. The 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference is held on September 17-19 in Shanghai. (Photo by Zhao Yun/VCG via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Zhao Yun/VCG via Getty Images
SHANGHAI, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 17: Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference at West Bund on September 17, 2018 in Shanghai, China. The 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference is held on September 17-19 in Shanghai. (Photo by Zhao Yun/VCG via Getty Images)
Now playing
03:02
How Jack Ma changed China
PHOTO: Yum China
Now playing
01:43
Why American fast food chains will do anything to win in China
Now playing
01:51
What you need to know about Tencent
(CNN Business) —  

The detention of a top Huawei executive is prompting some Chinese companies and business groups to call for workers to boycott products from US companies like Apple, prompting fears of a wider backlash.

Several organizations across China have issued notices urging staff members to show their support for Huawei, threatening punishment against anyone caught with Apple (AAPL) products or even offering subsidies to buy Chinese smartphones.

“The US aims to contain China’s rise … I believe we Chinese people should stand united and support our national products,” the Nanchong Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai said in a statement this week, warning any members who bought Apple products would be “banned.”

The crisis began after news emerged that Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s founder, was detained in Vancouver on December 1. She could face extradition to the United States, provoking fury in Chinese state media.

“To treat a Chinese citizen like a serious criminal, to roughly trample their basic human rights, and to dishonor their dignity, how is this the method of a civilized country? How can this not make people furious?” said an editorial in People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party.

The growing backlash has echoes of previous boycotts in China which have followed perceived insults to the country and at times resulted in large-scale, destructive protests.

In 2012, Japanese companies were attacked and at least one person was killed amid mass demonstrations staged throughout China over a territorial dispute with Japan. Similar scenes occurred in 2008, after the French government appeared to lend its support to Tibetan independence advocates.

Rana Mitter, director of the University China Center at Oxford University, told CNN the boycott of US goods was the start of a pattern seen frequently in China over the past three decades.

But “these things don’t normally escalate to a larger level if there isn’t some level of official permission to go ahead, as with the Japan demonstrations back in 2012,” he said.

People taking pictures of a Japanese-brand car damaged during a protest against Japan in the Chinese city of Xian in 2012.
PHOTO: AFP/Getty Images
People taking pictures of a Japanese-brand car damaged during a protest against Japan in the Chinese city of Xian in 2012.

’Stop purchasing US brands’

No major companies or government departments have publicly endorsed or taken part in the calls for boycotts yet, but a range of smaller suppliers and groups have enthusiastically taken part.

Shenzhen-based electronic parts supplier Menpad said Monday that it would give a 15% subsidy to any employees who bought phones from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE (ZTCOF).

“The company will punish staff who buy Apple phones with a fine of 100% of market price,” the notice to all staff members said. “Stop purchasing US brands for company equipment like work computers.”

The notice has since been taken down and the company did not respond to CNN’s attempts to contact them.

In the western province of Sichuan, Chengdu RYD Information Technology said that it would only source Huawei equipment where possible from now on. It would also be offering staff a 15% subsidy on Huawei products.

“Chengdu RYD admires and cooperates with suppliers who have great strength and quality products and services,” the midsized technology startup said on its official social media account.

Luo Qiang, secretary of the Nanchong Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, told CNN the group hadn’t been guided by the government in ordering a boycott but was speaking out as “grassroots” citizens.

“We don’t have guns or cannons, we as common citizens only have freedom of speech,” he told CNN. The chamber claims to have as many as 500 members.

Other companies limited themselves to only supporting Huawei, without mentioning an Apple boycott, such as Xinjiang Nor-West Star Information Technology.

“Our company actively backs the calls to support Huawei and protect national brands with real action,” the company’s statement said.

Trade talks to continue

Despite the furious reaction to Meng’s arrest and the stern denunciations in Chinese state media, Washington and Beijing are pushing ahead with trade talks.

According to a statement from the Chinese Commerce Ministry, China’s top trade negotiator, Liu He, spoke on the phone Tuesday with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

The US and Chinese officials discussed “implementing the agreements” reached by US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the G20 in Buenos Aires earlier in December, the statement said.

The two sides gave themselves 90 days to reach a lasting agreement. The Trump administration has threatened it could increase tariffs on Chinese goods from 10% to 25% if no deal is reached by March 1.

Mitter said the Chinese government would want to avoid any larger boycotts or backlash against the United States or Canada while the trade talks were ongoing because of fears the US government might pull out.

“The stakes are very, very high in terms of the overall trade dispute between the US and China,” he said.

CNN’s Serenitie Wang and Nanlin Fang contributed to this article.