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Chinese Government Steps In to Help an Apple iPhone Factory


Apple’s largest iPhone factory, in the city of Zhengzhou, has been beset with production problems caused first by a Covid lockdown and then a shortage of workers. Now, that plant is getting help from an unlikely source: the Chinese government.Officials in central China have tapped the government’s vast network of party members, civil servants and military veterans to help Foxconn, the Taiwan-based assembler of Apple’s iPhones, with its recruitment drive. They called on them to “respond to the government’s call” and “aid in the resumption of production” at the factory, according to county notices and state media reports.The mobilization campaign highlights the Communist Party’s concerns over its reeling economy in a time of severe business disruptions, low demand and record-high debt. As businesses falter under the tough pandemic pre …

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