- Apple warned suppliers against identifying Taiwan as an independent country on Friday, the Nikkei reported.
- The announcement came after some Apple components were booked for review by Chinese authorities.
- Earlier this week, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered China for her visit to Taiwan.
According to what I said Report from the Nikkei.
The tech company told its suppliers that products or parts made in Taiwan should be marked as made in either “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” to avoid implying that the island is independent of China, the Japanese business news agency reported.
According to Nikkei, Apple made the decision in order to avoid potential supply chain disruptions from Chinese scrutiny of labels, especially as the company prepares to receive components from Taiwan that will be used for new products due to launch later this year.
Some iPhone components were subjected to a review Thursday to see if shipments were rated to China’s satisfaction, the Nikkei reported.
Apple did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment prior to publication.
Apple’s warning comes just days after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan for a visit that provoked a strong reaction from China. The nation has claimed Taiwan as its country for decades, even though China has never controlled the self-governing democratic state.
Beijing considered Pelosi’s actions a “major political provocation” and a challenge to China’s sovereignty. He said on Twitter. Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Before the visit that “burns” the Biden administration. Beijing too Launched In response, a series of military exercises around Taiwan.
Pelosi has been vocal in her support for Taiwan independence.
“We want Taiwan to always have freedom and security and never back down,” Pelosi said. He said At a press event on Wednesday.
Apple specifically relies on China and Taiwan to provide components for its products. Last year, more than a fourth One of the company’s suppliers were located in China. Much of the company’s products are assembled in China, a process undertaken by Apple CEO Tim Cook Raed helped.
Last year, The Information reported that Cook struck a five-year, $275 billion deal with the Chinese government in 2016 in order to ease regulatory action on its business in Asia.
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