Lenovo chairman Liu Chuanzhi has said that his company is fortunate that Apple has not focused on the Chinese market.
Speaking to The Financial Times, Liu Chuanzhi's said: “We are lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn't care about China. If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble”
A Lenovo spokesperson has since clarified that the comments were made in a "relaxed" moment during a dinner interview, and that Liu is fully aware of the company's strengths as a technology manufacturer.
The comments come as Apple prepares to open its second store in China, the first one having opened in Beijing 2008 just prior to the start of the Olympic games.
Apple's second Chinese store is set to open in Shanghai on 10 July, and marks the first step in the company's expansion plans in the country.
Apple is aims to open another store in Shanghai by the end of the year, and hopes to have 20 stores up and running in China by the end of next year.