According to The Wall Street Journal, Beijing Regulator Orders Apple to Stop Sales of Two iPhone Models:
Beijing’s intellectual property regulator has ordered Apple to stop sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city, ruling that the design is too similar to a Chinese phone. The move is another setback for the company in a key overseas market.
Competing in China is difficult. Local businesses are overprotected there, and even Apple has to take a step back if someone there feels its position threatened.
It’s difficult to imagine that Apple has copied the design from one of those local, small makers (and not the other way around), but China is too important right now for them.
China is to Apple what Apple is to many of the countries it makes businesses with: the bigwig.