Sanctions: Trump tells Apple to move production from China to US


Earlier this week, Apple said in a regulatory filing that the president's proposed $200 billion in fresh tariffs on China would cover "a wide range of Apple products", from its Mac Mini computer to cables, chargers and laptop cases.

Trump acknowledged in a tweet that "Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China", but suggested the issue was not with the tariffs themselves. "[It] could take place very soon depending on them-to a certain extent it depends on China".

Mr Trump told reporters traveling with him to Fargo, North Dakota that "behind that, there's another US$267 billion ready to go on short notice if I want". "That changes the equation".

President Trump acknowledged on Twitter that Apple prices could go up as a result of the "massive tariffs" he's proposing on China, but rather than accepting blame for a potential hike on popular consumer items, he said the company should move production to USA shores.

Such a move would subject virtually all USA imports from China to new duties.

That said, Apple didn't give an estimate of how much the proposed tariffs would contribute to the increased costs of its products.

The White House has accused China of stealing USA intellectual property and forcing American companies to share their technology with Chinese companies. "Lower barriers, open markets, quit stealing IP and technology", he said, using an abbreviation for intellectual property.

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Trump has been locked in a trade dispute with Beijing over China's policy of forcing U.S. companies to hand over trade secrets, as a price of doing business in China.

In addition, the chip industry is a source of trade surplus for the USA, including with China, Intel argued.

At the same time, Apple is already using components sourced from US manufacturers in some of its products.

That list includes some consumer products, like cameras, luggage and tires and they'd be subject to tariffs of 10-25 percent.

Wu Baiyi, director of the Institute of American Studies at the state-run China Academy of Social Sciences, downplayed any impact of a new NAFTA deal on U.S.

"If the United States dogmatically implements any new tariff measures against China, China will have to take the necessary countermeasures", commerce spokesman Gao Feng told reporters. Fitness tracker maker Fitbit said it would be hit by tariffs, and chipmaker Intel Corp said the levies could slow down the adoption of 5G networks, the next generation of wireless data technology for phones and other devices. "Now we've added another $200 billion".

Analysts say China has only offered to reduce the USA trade deficit by buying more from America - leaving unaddressed Mr Trump's wider strategic goal of forcing it to also open up its markets to U.S. businesses, and review rules that see United States firms in China forced to share technology with Chinese partners.