China based Foxconn is the main production site of, Apple’s iPhone and has employed about 1.5 million workers.
It is estimated that 131 million iPhones ae in use by any other manufacturer. According to the Chinese government, it is suggested that 16.82 of the market is won by Apple’s iPhone; this is 0.1% higher than Samsung and 1.2% higher than China based Xiaomi.
The Chinese government has threatened to quash American trade which could include the shut down of Foxconn if the US president-elect Donald Trump fulfils his campaign promise on the imposition of huge tariffs on the country’s imports.
Trump during his campaign he made a promise of “defensive” tariffs of 45% on Chinese imports and having Beijing officially declare a Currency manipulator “The greatest in the world”. He said at a rally in Florida in August that these tariffs would force China to “Stop the Cheating”.
According to Global Times – a Chinese state run newspaper which said:
A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and US soybean and maize imports will be halted. China can also limit the number of Chinese students studying in the US.
Trump as a shrewd businessman will not be so naïve. None of the previous presidents were bold enough to launch an all-out trade war against China. They all opted for a cautious line since it’s most consistent with the overall interests of the US, and it’s most acceptable to US society.
It can be recalled that shorlty after Barrack Obama was elected as president the first time, when the US instituted a 35% import tariff on Chinese tyres, which prompted retaliatory tariffs on chicken and car exports. During these period both China and US suffered losses to this effect.
Global Times further said “ from the on, the Obama administration waged on trade war against China. If Trump impose a 45% tariff on Chinese imports, China-US trade will be paralysed.”
Source: Arstechnica Uk