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August 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
The chairman of California electronics maker Apex Digital Inc. has been released on bail by a Chinese court, the U.S. Embassy said Thursday, 10 months after he was detained during a financial dispute with a Chinese television maker. David Ji was detained in October after Sichuan Changhong Electric Co. said his Ontario-based company failed to pay $467.5 million for televisions that it purchased. The charges against Ji aren't clear, but Chinese news reports said he was suspected of fraud.
November 15, 2005
GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is in China this week urging officials to open their borders to more California imports. But China isn't just keeping products out. It's also preventing one of the governor's constituents -- an entrepreneur embroiled in a financial dispute with a Chinese supplier -- from leaving the country. The case of 53-year-old David Ji is a troubling reminder of the perils that U.S. companies face when they do business in China.
December 29, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ontario-based electronics importer Apex Digital Inc. is being blamed by China's second-largest television maker for its first annual loss. Sichuan Changhong Electric Co. said Tuesday that it would post large losses in 2004 because it might be able to collect only $150 million of $467.5 million owed by Apex, its biggest customer. Shares of the Chinese company plunged to an eight-year low on the news.
December 30, 2004 | From Reuters
David Ji, the co-founder and chairman of troubled U.S. electronics distributor Apex Digital Inc., has been arrested in China, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson in the country said today. "The U.S. consulate general in Chengdu has confirmed the arrest of David Longfen Ji. Consular officials in Chengdu have requested and were allowed consular access to this U.S. citizen," the spokesperson said without elaborating.
May 25, 2005 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
California businessman David Ji is one of thousands of Chinese Americans who have returned to China to do business in recent years. Many have found terrific opportunities in China's booming economy and have been welcomed by government officials for their skills and investments. But some have run into legal trouble, illustrating the personal risks that ethnic Chinese in particular may face if a business deal turns sour, according to American lawyers and human rights groups that follow China.
They weren't easy to find, but the 116 exhibitors from mainland China at this month's giant International Consumer Electronics Show represented double last year's turnout--and their booths were more sophisticated than in past years, when most delegates didn't even speak English. The upgrade was deliberate.
January 3, 2005 | Jon Healey and Alex Pham, Times Staff Writers
Apex Digital Inc. disrupted the consumer electronics industry by pushing prices lower than its powerhouse rivals dared. Now the Ontario company faces a major disruption of its own. Last week, Chinese police arrested Apex's founder and chief executive, David Longfen Ji, on undisclosed charges. Chinese manufacturer Sichuan Changhong Electric Appliance Co. had alleged in a U.S. lawsuit that it was owed hundreds of millions of dollars for television sets it made under the Apex brand.
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