Apple has reportedly asked Taiwan-based suppliers to label their products as being made in China in a bid to avoid disruption from strict Chinese customs controls stemming from a visit by the speaker of the House of Representatives. USA, Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei.
According to Nikkei, the company asked the manufacturers on the island to mark the accessories intended for mainland China as made in "Chinese Taipei" or "Taiwan, China". The labels are required to comply with a longstanding but previously unenforceable rule requiring imported goods to indicate that the island is part of the People's Republic of China.
The phrase "Made in Taiwan” may lead to delays, fines, even in discarding the entire shipment according to the rule. However, Taiwan itself requires that exports be marked with the point of origin: either the name “Taiwan” or the official name of the country, “Republic of China”.
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The choice to be required by them suppliers to deny Taiwan's independent existence has led to criticism from around the world. GreatFire, which works against Chinese censorship on Internet, noted that the move was an escalation from a previous move by Apple, which removed the Taiwanese flag from keyboards emoji for users in China and Hong Kong. "It's only a matter of time before Apple starts removing apps whose name contains the characters of Taiwan without specifying the "province of China».
«Unfortunately, we suspect that Apple's "red line", the moment it will say: «Stop, no more, we can't continue to cooperate with the Chinese regime and enforce its censorship demands,'' not closesaid GreatFire's Benjamin.
Apple may have felt as if it had little choice but to comply with China's demands. Shipping delays now would be disastrous as the company moves into the final production phase for the iPhone 14, which is expected to be announced at a press event next month. Supply chain shortfalls are already starting to press, with the company taking the unprecedented decision, according to powerful analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, to ship the cheaper non-Pro variants of the phone with the same core chip already in the iPhone 13 currently.
The models produced in India and Brazil largely serve to satisfy demand in local markets and are not intended for export around the world. For this, its Chinese factories Apple they still play an irreplaceable role, such as serving the millions of Chinese customers who buy iPhones.