Foreign Policy Magazine


On the outside, the iPhone looks like the pinnacle of cool Californian tech. Open it up, however, and the device seems a lot less American. Its components might have been designed in the United States, but they’re assembled in China, as are a dizzying range of other popular products: televisions, sneakers, even drones and defense equipment. That fact creates a glaring security threat—one that Western firms and governments are only now beginning to tackle.

Using Chinese suppliers seems to make good economic sense for Western firms. After all, Chinese labor remains very cheap: Such work accounts for just $10 of the total cost of an iPhone today (top models of which go for more than $1,000). That’s why, according to a recent tally by the , “of the production facilities operated by Apple’s top 200 suppliers,

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da Foreign Policy Magazine

Foreign Policy Magazine11 min letti
Is Liberal Democracy Always the Answer?
AFTER A LONG DAY OF CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT in rural Guinea-Bissau in November 2019, Domingos Simões Pereira sat down for a late dinner. Various leaders of his African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, known by the Portuguese acr
Foreign Policy Magazine11 min letti
The Sources Of Socialist Conduct
1 JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, the idea of a social democratic foreign policy—much less a democratic socialist one—in the United States would have seemed a quixotic proposition. No U.S. administration has even pretended to have one. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s
Foreign Policy Magazine5 min letti
Avoiding Autarky
WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER APPARENTLY CRUMBLING, it may seem increasingly sensible for individual countries to adopt protectionist policies. But the effects of climate change, the erosion of national corporate tax bases, and the splinterin