Apple parts free to cross India-China border again

From Reuters’ “Taiwan’s Foxconn says customs clearing procedures in India have been resolved” posted early Friday:

Apple supplier Foxconn said on Friday customs clearing procedures in India have been resolved, as additional scrutiny by the country of imports from China disrupted operations in some foreign firms amid tensions between the Asian giants…

Customs officers at Indian ports have held back shipments from China and sought additional clearances after deadly clashes at the disputed Himalayan border last month. The increased scrutiny of imports from China has disrupted operations at Foxconn, three sources told Reuters earlier this week.

From India Today, a few hours earlier: Apple supplier Foxconn, others hit as India holds up key imports from China: Report

Customs officers at Indian ports have held back shipments from China and sought additional clearances after deadly clashes at the disputed Himalayan border last month. The checks have been imposed without any formal order…

Foxconn’s two plants in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh mainly assemble Apple and Xiaomi smartphones in the country and employ thousands of workers, many of whom stay in company-provided accommodation.

“Foxconn was in a very bad state … lots of workers stayed at the dormitory because there was no work,” said the first source.

My take: What are 20 or so dead soldiers compared with thousands of idle workers?

6 Comments

  1. LALIT JAGTAP said:
    As naturalized USA citizen from India, I am proud of new India in 2020. “”The age of expansionism is over. The world has moved on the path of development.”

    Happy to see India using all the tools available to send message to China

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    July 3, 2020
  2. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    Welcome aboard Lalit.

    Don’t hold back. It will be great to get your perspective on all things Apple/India.

    We’re a motley bunch. Grab a rum and pull up a chair. Enjoy.

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    July 3, 2020
  3. Jerry Doyle said:
    The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is arguably the most potent fighter jet on the planet. It took years & tens of billions in R&D to develop. Each jet cost upwards to ¼ billion. It “was” a game changer in the military industry.

    Through modern cyber warfare & a few computer keystrokes, China stole the F-22’s blueprints, data & intellectual property from the American Pentagon & its defense contractors. The 20th century consisted of military wars. The 21st century will be cyber warriors prosecuting undeclared wars in cyberspace, stealing intellectual property to strengthen one’s own economy & military while weakening the economy & military of its rivals.

    The matrix of competitive alignments between countries in the 21st century evolves around cyber espionage, trade & commerce. China & India need to have peace along their long borders, if the countries’ economic juggernauts are to continue rolling. Economic interests drives America, China, India (and all nations) into a nest of peaceful cohabitation. It is this matrix of competitive alignments that tamps down these nations’ political flash points, which could in unguarded moments, trump (no pun intended) the benign forces of trade & commerce.

    Xi Jinping & Narendra Modi made the final decisions for Apple parts to flow. The call to do so, though, came from Tim Cook.

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    July 3, 2020

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