At least two companies relied upon by tech behemoth Apple are beginning to move manufacturing operations from China to countries such as Vietnam and India in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
Winstron Corp, one iPhone manufacturer, is already spending $1 billion to shift production to new facilities in Vietnam and and India. Another company, Pegatron, is planning on beginning iPhone production in Vietnam and Indonesia by 2021.
The underlying structure of neoliberal globalist corporations such as Apple has always been reliant on a supply of cheap labor to manufacture products sold in American and Europe, and the coronavirus epidemic is only the latest development to challenge the existing structure of a Chinese-dominated global manufacturing supply chain.
President Trump’s America First trade agenda has severely weakened the ability of global corporations to offshore their industries and facilities to China, but god forbid they’d consider bringing their manufacturing jobs and industry back to the United States. Companies like Pegatron and Winstron will gladly move away from China, which already has a comparatively aging population, to nations in which they can obtain a greater supply of cheap labor.
India in particular has increasingly structured its economy around the prospect of outsourcing American jobs and wealth to the country, possessing a population of 1.3 billion and what some global business executives are calling the ‘workforce of the future.’ India’s government is lobbying intensely in the United States to expand the existing H1B cheap labor visa system, a program that allows global corporations to replace American workers with Indian immigrants who will work for far less.
Apple has already been granted an extremely generous exemption from China tariffs, avoiding a 7.5% import tax that other companies manufacturing cheap goods in the communist country will pay to bring their products to the United States.
As global corporations such as Apple seek to outsource their industries from China, American policy makers must be prepared to institute new tariffs and trade measures to prevent the further loss of American industries to countries with poor labor and environmental standards.
Chinese State Media Hack Cites CATO Institute To Defend Globalist Trade Policies
Politics makes strange bedfellows.
An editor of a Chinese-government controlled media group cited a CATO Institute article to argue against Senator Josh Hawley’s criticisms of the World Trade Organization in a tweet on Tuesday, telling the Missouri Senator to “get educated” on the benefits the globalist trade organization supposedly provides.
Here is response from a real WTO expert. Someone who actually knows about WTO. So get educated. https://t.co/5o4xrXpAWp
— Chen Weihua (@chenweihua) May 5, 2020
Chen Weihua is the EU bureau chief of China Daily, a daily newspaper following in the mold of many Chinese media organizations in being entirely state-owned and affiliated with the Chinese government.
It would nominally comes as a surprise that an operative of the Chinese Communist Party would cite the free-trade libertarian think tank’s rebuttal to Senator Hawley’s argument against the WTO, but politics makes for strange bedfellows. Both the Chinese government’s outsourcing-based economic model and western corporate elites cozy with CATO benefit from a continued regime of low trade barriers and free trade, placing the ideological libertarians and Chinese communists in the same camp on trade policy.
Senator Hawley had put Weihua on blast for propagandizing against the populist-right senator’s call to abolish the World Trade Organization and replace it with an economic nationalist and pro-worker alternative. The WTO has been a critical element in the outsourcing of millions of American jobs and vital national industry to China and other countries where cheap labor is plentiful.
#China not happy about my call to confront their economic imperialism by ending the WTO & replacing it with system that’s good for American workers. I love being insulted by #china state-run press https://t.co/z7Y887ztvf
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 5, 2020
Staunch America First advocates pushed back against Weihua and CATO’s defense of “free trade” with China, with economic nationalists arguing that the country should never even have been let into the WTO to begin with.
Communist China should have never been allowed into the WTO. China has taken American manufacturing and millions of jobs to China using cheap slave labor – stealing US IP and R&D. China has not been a trade partner to US – they have engaged in one-sided trade practices.
— phyllis fabiani (@pfabiani) May 5, 2020
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