Apple has reportedly asked Taiwan-based suppliers to label their products as made in China, in an effort to avoid disruption from strict Chinese customs inspections stemming from US President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.
Selon the Nikkei index, the company asked manufacturers on the island to label ingredients destined for mainland China as being made in “Chinese Taipei” or “Taiwan, China”. The labels are needed to comply with a longstanding but previously unenforced rule that requires imported goods to state that the island is part of the People’s Republic of China.
“Made in Taiwan” can result in delays, fines, and even rejection of an entire shipment by law. But Taiwan itself requires that exports be labeled with a point of origin: either the name “Taiwan” or the country’s official name, “Republic of China.”
The choice to require suppliers to deny Taiwan’s independent existence has drawn criticism around the world. GreatFire, which works against Chinese internet censorship, said the move was an escalation of a minor precedent Apple, which removed the Taiwanese flag from emoji keyboards for users in China and Hong Kong. Is it a matter of time before Apple starts removing apps whose names contain the letters [for] The organization asked Taiwan, without specifying “the province of China”.
“Unfortunately, we suspect that Apple’s ‘red line’, the moment you say ‘Stop, we can no longer continue to cooperate with the Chinese regime and enforce its censorship demands’, is no longer close,” said Benjamin of GreatFire Ismail. Inform a news site Subscribe.
Apple may have felt it had no choice but to comply with China’s demands. Shipping delays will now be devastating as the company moves into final production for Iphone 14, which is expected to be announced at a press conference next month. The supply chain shortage is already starting to take its toll, with the company taking the unprecedented step, according to influencer analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, to ship the cheapest non-Pro variants of the phone with the same base chip already in the 13 iPhones currently on sale.