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Apple cannot abandon China now even if it wanted to

By Adam Lashinsky

30 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Apple counts China as the linchpin of its global manufacturing machine, Adam Lashinsky writes in the Washington Post. It's a relationship that suits both parties -- at least for now.

As covid-19 rips through the Chinese population and the country's economy wobbles, the news might seem particularly sour for Apple, the pride of Silicon Valley that counts China as the linchpin of its global manufacturing machine.

But the relationship between the United States' most innovative manufacturer and the world's second-largest economy is far too important to go south. The rewards for Apple, and its preternaturally calm CEO, Tim Cook, in staying close to China are considerable. For the Chinese, the reverse is just as true.

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