- Apple warned suppliers on Friday against treating Taiwan as an independent country, according to the Nikkei.
- The announcement comes after some Apple components were withheld by Chinese authorities for review.
- Earlier this week, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered China by visiting Taiwan.
Apple told suppliers on Friday not to label Taiwanese products “Made in Taiwan.” Nikkei News.
The Japanese business news outlet said the tech company told its suppliers that products or parts made in Taiwan must be marked “Made in Taiwan, China” or “Taipei, China” to avoid showing the island’s independence from China.
According to Nikkei, Apple made the decision to avoid possible supply chain disruptions due to censorship of labels in China, especially as the company prepares to receive components from Taiwan that will be used in new products launching later this year.
On Thursday, some iPhone components were withheld for review to see whether the labels on those shipments were satisfactory to China, the Nikkei reported.
Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment before publication.
Apple’s warning comes just days after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan sparked a backlash from China. Although China has never controlled the self-governing democracy, the country has claimed Taiwan as its own for decades.
Pelosi’s actions are seen by Beijing as a “major political provocation” and a challenge to China’s sovereignty, Hua Chunying, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister, said. Say on Twitter.Chinese President Xi Jinping warn The Biden administration will be “burned to death” before the visit.Beijing also has roll out A series of military exercises around Taiwan responded.
Pelosi has been outspoken in support of Taiwan independence.
“We want Taiwan to always have safe freedom and we won’t back down,” Pelosi said. Say at a news conference on Wednesday.
Apple in particular relies on China and Taiwan for parts and components for its products.last year, more than quarter The company’s suppliers are located in China.Most of the company’s products are assembled in China, a process used by Apple CEO Tim Cook Help pioneers.
Last year, The Information reported that Cook struck a five-year, $275 billion deal with the Chinese government in 2016 to ease a regulatory crackdown on its business in Asia.
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