Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Trump urges Ford, Apple to manufacture in U.S., not China

Trump urges Ford, Apple to manufacture in U.S., not China

"Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China - but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive", he tweeted early Saturday.

In a letter to the Office of United States Trade Representative, Apple said the Apple Watch, Apple Pencil, Air Pods, and leather cases for the iPhone would be affected by Trump's proposed tariffs.

"If the US side obstinately clings to its course and takes any new tariff measures against China, then the Chinese side will inevitably take countermeasures to resolutely protect our legitimate rights", Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing, when asked about Trump's warning.

The automaker decided a couple years back to shift production of the Focus to Mexico, then last year it opted for China instead. While Ford might choose not to build the Focus in China, it does have a multiple number of plants in other countries it can choose to build the small hatchback in. Ford canceled those plans, citing tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

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Neither Apple nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment. Trump said Friday he is considering another US$267 billion of tariffs on China, which analysts said will affect virtually every category of consumer goods, to retaliate against what he calls unfair trade practices. "As a result, tariffs will ultimately reduce the economic benefit we generate for the United States", Apple said.

The world's two biggest economies are clashing over US allegations that China deploys predatory tactics - including outright cybertheft - to acquire technology from USA companies and challenge American technological dominance. "This auto can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!", the President Tweeted.

In the letter, Apple asks the United States government to "reconsider these measures and work to find other, more effective solutions that leave the USA economy and USA consumer stronger and healthier than ever before". The company also said tariffs on wearable products would not effectively advance the administration's goals.

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