Apple on Friday warned vendors not to identify Taiwan as an independent country, Nikkei reported.
The announcement came after certain Apple components were held up for review by Chinese authorities.
Earlier this week, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew ire from China for her visit to Taiwan.
Apple on Friday asked its suppliers to avoid labeling Taiwanese products as “made in Taiwan”, according to a Nikkei report.
The tech company told its suppliers that products or parts made in Taiwan should be identified as either made in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” to avoid indicating that the island is independent from China. said the Japanese media.
According to Nikkei, Apple made the decision to avoid potential supply chain disruptions from China’s label scrutiny, especially as the company prepares to receive components from Taiwan that will be used for new products slated for launch later this year.
Some iPhone components were held up for review on Thursday to see if the shipments were labeled to China’s satisfaction, Nikkei reported.
Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment before publication.
Apple’s warning comes just days after Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan on a visit that drew a strong backlash from China . The nation has claimed Taiwan as its own for decades, even though China has never controlled the self-governing democratic country.
Pelosi’s actions were seen by Beijing as a “major political provocation” and a challenge to Chinese sovereignty, Hua Chunying, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, said on Twitter. Chinese President Xi Jinping warned ahead of the visit that the Biden administration would be “burned out”. Beijing has also launched a series of military exercises around Taiwan in response.
Pelosi has been outspoken in his support for Taiwan independence.
“We want Taiwan to always have freedom with security and we’re not backing down from that,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Apple is particularly dependent on China and Taiwan to supply components for its products. Last year, more than a quarter of the company’s suppliers were located in China. Much of the company’s products are assembled in China, a process that Apple CEO Tim Cook helped pioneer.
Last year, The Information reported that Cook struck a five-year, $275 billion deal with the Chinese government in 2016 to ease regulatory crackdowns on its business in Asia.
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