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China launches investigation into iPhone maker Foxconn, says state media

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China has launched an investigation into Apple’s iPhone maker Foxconn over tax and land use, Chinese state media reported on Sunday.

The Global Times, citing anonymous sources, said tax authorities inspected Foxconn’s sites in the provinces of Guangdong and Jiangsu and natural resources officials had inspected sites in Henan and Hubei.

The Financial Times has not verified the reports and Foxconn did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Global Times article quoted an expert saying “Taiwan-funded enterprises, including Foxconn . . . should also assume corresponding social responsibilities and play a positive role in promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations”.

Foxconn founder Terry Gou is running as an independent candidate in Taiwan’s presidential elections in January, a contest that will have a significant influence on Taiwan’s relationship with China and tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

Gou, who handed Foxconn management to a successor chief executive four years ago, resigned his seat on the board in early September after announcing his presidential run, but retains a 12.5 per cent stake in the company.

Beijing has in the past targeted local subsidiaries of Taiwanese companies with regulatory probes and political pressure at sensitive or tense times. Chinese officials frequently urge Taiwanese companies to help promote “peaceful development” between the two sides.

China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and reserves the option to take the island with force if Taipei resists unification. The People’s Liberation Army is continuously stepping up moves to probe the airspace and waters near Taiwan.

Gou trails all other three presidential candidates so far with a support rating of just 7 per cent, according to a poll conducted this week by Formosa, one of Taiwan’s leading pollsters.

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2023-10-22 04:31:40

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