A woman uses an Apple iPhone in Wuhan, China. China’s economic expansion accelerated to 7.8% in the third quarter from a year earlier, reversing a slowdown that had put the government at risk of missing its 7.5% growth target for 2013. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Recent months have seen a series of broadsides against foreign brands on China’s state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) and other outlets, (...)