Apple advises suppliers to refrain from using “made in Taiwan” label on its product supplies
Recently, Apple advised it’s suppliers to refrain from labeling products from Taiwan as “made in Taiwan”, according to reports. The tech company informed that products or components manufactured in Taiwan should be identified as made either in ” Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei”. It was informed so to avoid the indication that Taiwan is independent of China, reports stated.
The tech company took this step to avoid complications in supply chains from Chinese scrutiny. The company is dependent on components from Taiwan for further use in their new products that are meant to be launched later this year.
On Thursday, some iPhone components were held for review by Chinese scrutiny. It was checked whether the shipments were labelled to China’s satisfaction.
Recently, US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan which received a strong reaction from China. Even though China has never controlled the self-governed democratic country, it still claims Taiwan as their own.
Beijing saw Pelosi’s actions as politically provocative and as a challenge to China sovereignty. China’s assistant minister of foreign affairs tweeted about this. Pelosi was outspoken in her support of Taiwan’s independence.
Apple, the tech giant is reliant on China for receiving components for its products. A quarter of rhe company’s suppliers were located in China last year. Additionally much of thr company’s product also gets assembled in China.