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What it would take for Apple to disentangle itself from China

By Patrick McGee

18 Jan 2023 · 11 min read

Editor's Note

In this deep dive, FT reports that while India and Vietnam are immediate beneficiaries as Apple begins to move away from its China, it'll take years before the engineering expertise can be replicated.

When Tim Cook visited Capitol Hill to meet privately with senior lawmakers in early December, his company’s relationship with China was high on the agenda.

In the prior month, Beijing’s strict Covid policies had led thousands of workers to flee the Zhengzhou megafactory known as “iPhone City” run by Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing ally for a quarter of a century. When those trapped at the factory protested, police responded with violence in riot gear.

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