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Beijing police have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as ($26 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation.

Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, where authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to dispel the country’s reputation for turning out counterfeit goods.

Officials have taken stiffer action to enforce intellectual property (IP) rights, pushed firms to apply for trademarks and patents and cracked down on fakes.

Apple is one of the most popular brands in China. Pictured here is a real iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple is one of the most popular brands in China. Pictured here is a real iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: David Paul Morris

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