"I think that within five to 10 years max, Apple doesn't have a model in China," Bremmer said during a presentation at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit. Bremmer is the president and founder of consulting firm Eurasia Group.
But Bremmer argues that Apple is the antithesis of what Beijing wants.
"Apple is really good at high-end consumer products that have secure data. Why would China want you to have that?" Bremmer asked. "That's completely opposed to the Chinese model."
China's government relies on heavy-handed censorship to prevent dissent in its society.
"They are going to ensure that Apple doesn't have a model in China," Bremmer said.
He didn't specify how exactly China's government would pressure Apple's business.
"A deal is coming," Bremmer said, noting that neither government wants to deal with the market and economic fallout. "That's the way globalization is supposed to work."
But Bremmer sees a prolonged confrontation between the United States and China on the technology front. He predicted a battle for supremacy in crucial cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and 5G.
"We're heading toward a cold war. And I don't know which one is going to win," Bremmer said.