Apple's dependance on China invites headlines like this...

From Sarah Rumpf's "Apple Bends the Knee, Warning Suppliers Shipping from Taiwan to Strictly Obey China’s Label Demands After Pelosi Visit" posted Friday on MediaITE:

With China’s communist government still acting very prickly in the wake of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan, Apple is urging its suppliers to make sure to label any shipments from Taiwan to China in strict compliance with the Chinese customs regulations regarding how the island is named.

It’s a critical time for Apple, as it prepares to launch the next generation of iPhones this fall, and suppliers are currently assembling various components for the new smartphones.

According to a report by Nikkei Asia, Pelosi’s visit “stoked fears of rising trade barriers,” making Apple nervous about “possible disruptions” if crucial shipments are delayed or even blocked in customs due to a failure to appease China’s labelling demands:

Apple told suppliers on Friday that China has started strictly enforcing a long-standing rule that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labeled as being made either in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei,” sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia, language that indicates the island is part of China...

My take: The commentary on this piece in MediaITE is a dumpster fire. The site is part of a network owned by Dan Abrams, an on-air personality and son of the legendary Floyd Abrams, who defended the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case.

5 Comments

  1. Michael Goldfeder said:
    But of course the headline grabs more attention using Apple as opposed to Tesla, Nike, or another company doing business in China.

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    August 6, 2022
  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    This news article is the exact same news article presented generically in the “South China News.” The article was directed at all companies importing to mainland China. Apple was mentioned nowhere in the article, as was no other companies. The article was generic, relative to all companies doing business with China. Apparently, someone grabbed the article, rewrote it and attached Apple’s name. Shame!

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    August 6, 2022
  3. David Emery said:
    Sigh… “Apple obeys the laws in the countries in which we operate.” And of course Apple -pulled out- of Russia…

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    August 7, 2022
    • David Emery said:
      Add: These days the tenor of political discussion is “You must agree with me, or be characterized as one of The Bad Guys.” The idea there could be a range of acceptable positions, based in part on one’s starting principles which might differ from the original commenter, is missing from discussions -on all sides-.

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      August 7, 2022
  4. David Gleason said:
    “dependence” but otherwise a good article.

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    August 7, 2022

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