iPhone Sales Could Face Major Setback in China if Trump Enacts Trade War

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A collection of companies based in the United States could face "impaired" blowback if President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his campaign plan of imposing a 45 percent tariff on imports from China, as well as considering China "a currency manipulator." According to Chinese newspaper Global Times, these actions will not only negatively affect China's reputation, but "the trade atmosphere between China and the US will become more tense" (via The Guardian).

In retaliation for the potential trade war, Global Times said that China "will take a tit-for-tat approach," and singled out the airline, automobile, and smartphone industries as some of the first potential targets of the tense relationship between the two countries if Trump decides to commit to his trade plan. Specifically, in regards to Apple and the iPhone, the newspaper said that China will cut iPhone sales in the country and subsequently the device "will suffer a setback" if all of this goes through.

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China will take a tit-for-tat approach then. A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and US soybean and maize imports will be halted. China can also limit the number of Chinese students studying in the US.

Trump cannot change the pattern of interests between China and the US. The gigantic China-US trade is based on mutual benefits and a win-win situation. Even as president, Trump can exert limited influence on it.

Despite the potential for such a disruption, Global Sun thinks there's a possibility that the 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports could have simply been outlandish "campaign rhetoric" and won't be put into action during Trump's presidency. The newspaper ends noting that "the new president will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence and bear all the consequences" if such a trade war does begin.

For Apple, the company has been consistently bolstering its presence in China, most recently announcing a new R&D center in Shenzhen to attract software developers. This year, China lost ground to Europe as Apple's third most profitable market, but Tim Cook remains steadily "optimistic" about Apple's presence in China, saying that "China is not as weak as has been talked about. We may not have the wind at our backs that we once did, but it's more stable than the common view of it."

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Top Rated Comments

nt5672 Avatar
55 months ago

Trump really hates American exceptionalism, and is bringing us back into an 1800's economy.

Good job middle-America. You couldn't get what you wanted, so NO ONE should get what they want.

Did you even directly listen to one Trump event (not media reporting about the event), even one, you would know that he does not hate American exceptionalism. Now there may be many things that Trump will screw up, but at least not as much as Hillary, and it won't be America's exceptionalism.

The haters have come out of the woodwork. Why is it that when liberals win everybody should just get along and hating is bad, but when they lose, its ok again to hate, hate, hate? Liberal have to be the most closed minded haters.
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mozumder Avatar
55 months ago

Apple has reaped the benefits of cheap Chinese labor sine the early 00's. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.

You reaped the benefits of the Chinese labor market.

Everyone in America reaped the benefits of the Chinese labor market, because free-trade agreements keeps inflation down.

The Chinese labor market is the reason your prices are so low, in everything.

Right now, the people that are going to be harmed most by the impending trade war are going to be the poor and the retirees, who are now going to pay double for the things they buy at Wal-Mart.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sunny1990 Avatar
55 months ago


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mozumder Avatar
55 months ago
Trump really hates American exceptionalism, and is bringing us back into an 1800's economy.

Good job middle-America. You couldn't get what you wanted, so NO ONE should get what they want.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jcmeyer5 Avatar
55 months ago
He hasn't passed a single law yet... hell he hasn't even taken office. I am not a Trump fan, but I'll at least wait to see what he DOES once inaugurated before skewering him. Sheesh.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DrewDaHilp1 Avatar
55 months ago
Apple has reaped the benefits of cheap Chinese labor since the early 00's. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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