Apple Inc. (Apple)’s supplier Foxconn is moving some iPad and MacBook assembly unit from China to Vietnam at the request of Apple, said a person with knowledge of the plan, as the U.S. firm diversifies production to lessen the impact of a Sino-U.S. trade war.
The recent development is the outcome of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who encourages U.S. firms to shift their production units out of China. The United States has mainly targeted made-in-China electronics during Trump’s tenure, for higher import tariffs, and also restricted supplies of components produced using U.S. technology to Chinese firms it deems a national security risk.
Foxconn said in a statement: “As a matter of company policy, and for reasons of commercial sensitivity, we do not comment on any aspect of our work for any customer or their products”.
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