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Apple partners hit by Trump comments

September 10, 2018

Shares in Apple's Asia-based concept firms have tumbled after US President Donald Trump launched a broadside against the tech giant demanding it should move production to the US if it wanted to avoid tariffs on imports.

A car leaving the plant of Pegatron-Unihan in Pudong, Shanghai
Image: picture-alliance/dpa

Shares in Chinese Apple suppliers Luxshare Precision, Shenzhen Sunway Communication and Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing fell as much as 10 percent on Monday morning.

Taiwan-listed Largan Precision, which makes iPhone camera lenses, dropped 5 percent, while major component supplier and assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry — also known as Foxconn — was off 3 percent.

In Japan, Nitto Denko, which makes optical films used on smartphone screens, Alps Electric, a smartphone camera component supplier, and screen supplier Sharp suffered declines.

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The drop in Apple-linked shares comes as the Trump administration is readying new tariffs against Chinese imports amid an escalating trade dispute with Beijing.

US tariffs against China go into effect

Washington has already imposed taxes on Chinese imports to the tune of $50 billion (€43.2 billion), and has threatened to slap levies on another $267 billion worth of goods from there — covering virtually all of China's exports to the US. 

Tightening the screws

As Apple warned that the 25 percent higher tariffs on Chinese imports would increase prices for American consumers, Trump lashed back on Saturday.

The US president said on Twitter that Apple should make its products in the US instead of China to avoid suffering the consequences of his trade war with Beijing.

Trump has repeatedly called for companies to move production to the US, or to keep it there, while pushing aggressive trade actions aimed at narrowing the US trade deficit.

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US businesses say higher American wages will offset the benefits they gain by avoiding tariffs affecting their imports from China. But Trump has been unapologetic, insisting that his tough trade tactics will work.

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uhe/jh (Reuters, dpa, AFP)