About That “Dinner” With Tim Cook – Completed FoxConn China Factory May Sit Idle…

Last Friday President Trump had dinner with Tim Cook, aka “Tim Apple.”

The dinner came on the heels of USTR Lighthizer announcing a postponement of “next step” 10 percent tariffs against Chinese manufactured products…  Interestingly, the one of the product groups within the delay is personal computers…. Interestingly, Tim Apple was going to launch production assembly of the Macintosh personal computer in China.

Now, consider this:

CHINA – When ground was broken in March 2017 for a new US$9 billion factory owned by a subsidiary of Foxconn Group, the event was witnessed by then Guangdong party secretary Hu Chunhua and Terry Gou Tai-ming, the Taiwanese billionaire who created Foxconn, the world’s largest assembler of Apple’s iPhones and tablets.

Now, after two years of construction in the Guangzhou suburb, the plant’s main structure is completed, and on a recent visit trucks were seen going in and out of a gated compound.

Workers at the site said production lines were being shipped in and installed so the factory could start producing liquefied crystal displays with 8K resolution, which makes screens clearer.  This enthusiasm has given way to unease amid rumours that the factory is for sale.

The local authority in Zengcheng said it had not received any information about a potential sale and that the factory was still on schedule. The original plan called for it to begin operations next month.

One source with direct knowledge of the project’s progress said that everyone involved was now “a bit embarrassed” about the uncertain future. “It wouldn’t be an easy sale, everyone knows,” the source said.

[…] Peng Peng, vice-president of a Guangdong-based non-governmental think tank, said the Chinese factory would turn from a blessing into a curse if Gou were to sell and no buyer could be found.

“If the project is abandoned, the impact on the local economy will be enormous,” he said.

In addition to direct economic losses, the Guangdong government’s plan of creating “clusters of related supply chains” would vanish.   (read more)

That Friday night dinner between President Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook takes on a greater depth of context and makes a lot more sense:

…If you plant your tree in another man’s orchard, don’t be surprised when you have to pay for your own Apples….

 

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132 Responses to About That “Dinner” With Tim Cook – Completed FoxConn China Factory May Sit Idle…

  1. mark lanctot says:

    It’s fun watching the Lion tamer amongst the kitty cats.

    Liked by 13 people

    • margarite1 says:

      I just watched a video of an interview by Maria Bartiromo of Michael Pillsbury – a China expert – who said the Chinese are no longer in a panic because they see POTUS as weak because those who plotted against him are still not prosecuted and besides their economy is still growing faster than ours. China can always rely on their friends, the rats, to sell us out.

      https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/6066165982001/#sp=show-clips

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      • Mike Dennis says:

        Deception is vital in every battle — they are plenty scared. Moreover, if China wasn’t panicked they wouldn’t have to devalue their currency. Throw in HK. I guarantee you Pooh bear ain’t sleeping too good these days.

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      • Ray Runge says:

        Each of us will place our personal bets via support for what we believe the outcome to be. My money is on support for Main Street USA.

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        • margarite1 says:

          I totally support our POTUS but the rats have made life difficult for a man who is trying to do great things for us and unfortunately China and others are watching very closely. We have the enemy within that is more dangerous than the enemy without.

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      • spoogels says:

        Why doesn’t Tim Apple build the factory in Taiwan?
        How can he in good conscience continue in China after what they are doing in HK?
        And those iPhones and iPads etc built in China, I always wonder if China hasn’t inserted secret spyware into them

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      • GP says:

        IMO-China will not make a deal hoping Trump will not be re-elected in 2020. Either that or they are being told that Trump will be eliminated BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. I am mildly surprised our VSGPDJT is still alive. After all, like SD repeatedly says, “there are trillions at stake.”

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  2. DJT is the new Johnny Appleseed.

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  3. Nigella says:

    I was wondering about that dinner… My gosh Sundance when do you sleep?LOL

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    • lorenetn says:

      Perhaps Sundance only sleeps when our VSGPOTUS sleeps.

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      • djohhn says:

        Oh my gosh! Are you saying that Sundance IS PDJT???
        🙂

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        • CountryDoc says:

          I think Sundance is Baron Trump, POTUS in 2032 🙂

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          • jessetmims says:

            @ CountryDoc… Re “I think Sundance is Baron Trump, POTUS in 2032”

            While all of Trump’s children are US citizens, Tiffany is the only one who is a natural born citizen. Therefore, she’s the only one who is Constitutionally eligible to legally serve as president of the USA.

            In order to be a natural born citizen, one must be born on US soil to two US citizen parents. Barron Trump was born in March of 2006. Melania did not become a naturalized US citizen until July 2006. Therefore, Baron cannot be a natural born citizen and is not Constitutionally eligible to become president.

            As an aside, even if Baron was a natural born citizen, he would not meet the age requirement (35) until 2041. He would be only 26 in 2032…

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            • jjohn143 says:

              That can’t be true, as Kamala Harris is running for president and I believe neither of her parents were US citizens when she was born.

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              • jessetmims says:

                @ jjohn143… Re “That can’t be true, as Kamala Harris is running for president and I believe neither of her parents were US citizens when she was born.”

                You’re right about neither of Harris’ parents being US citizens when she was born; and, that DOES keep her from being a natural born citizen and ineligible to become president. However, there is neither a Constitutional prohibition nor any Congressionally enacted law against any ineligible person ‘merely’ RUNNING for president.

                The Constitution’s Framers THOUGHT we would keep ourselves informed well enough to know who is or is not eligible and act intelligently by not voting for anyone running without meeting the requirements written into the Constitution. SADLY… that is obviously not the case.

                The Constitution’s Framers even made provisions for stopping someone like Obama, who actually ran and obtained the most Electoral votes, from being sworn in illegally. However, Vice President Cheney failed HIS duty to put that provision into motion. Cheney, as President of the Senate, was SUPPOSED to have asked if any Senator or Representative knew of any reason Obama should not be accepted as President Elect. Only ONE Senator OR Representative was needed in order to stop the process; but, Cheney failed to ask and no one bothered to call him out on his error.

                The process cannot work when people fail to work the process…

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                • margarite1 says:

                  The constitution can’t apply to Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be POTUS – She’s a woman of color! She’s exempt! Omar for POTUS 2032. /s

                  But…this is what we have come to with Obama and Cruz and now others.

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                • jessetmims says:

                  @ margarite1…Re “But…this is what we have come to with Obama and Cruz and now others.”

                  I can appreciate the sarcasm reflected in your other comments; however, I cannot let this one pass without replying.

                  It matters not how many attempt to violate a law, or even how many actually succeed in doing so. Committing a crime does not negate the law against that crime; even, if some get away with it.

                  If someone raped you or your child and got away with it, would you be fine with all future rapes simply being ignored and/or accepted? I think not…

                  If we ever come to believe otherwise, we’re surely doomed as a civilized nation.

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              • TheLastDemocrat says:

                Kamala is running, therefore it is not true.

                IT IS TRUE.

                Roger Calero was the first…but not the last!!…foreign born person to be ON THE BALLOT ALL 50 STATES!!!!!

                Being foreign born itself triggers NO sort of disqualification process.

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                • jessetmims says:

                  @ TheLastDemocrat… Re “Roger Calero was the first…but not the last!!…foreign born person to be ON THE BALLOT ALL 50 STATES!!!!!”

                  Use all the caps and exclamation points in the world; and, that statement will still be 100% false… Calero was never on the ballot in all 50 states. It’s virtually impossible for ANY third party candidate to get on the ballot in every state; even one who IS a natural born citizen.

                  There has never been a single third party candidate who managed to overcome the hurdles set up by many states for the express purpose of keeping such candidates off their ballots after Ross Perot ran in the ’90’s.

                  In 2008, Calero was on the ballot in only FIVE states. His ‘stand-in’ candidate was on the ballot in another five and was also a write-in candidate in a sixth. Therefore, ironically, Calero’s stand-in was on more ballots than HE was!

                  Re “Being foreign born itself triggers NO sort of disqualification process.”

                  “All children born in a country of parents who were its citizens” is the definition of natural born citizen cited by the US Supreme Court in Minor v Happersett in a way that made that definition the one and only legal definition of the term. That definition was also made legal precedent by the same process; which, is why you will never find any US Supreme Court case since MvH in which any OTHER definition has been cited.

                  In fact, you will not find ANY US Supreme court case in which any other definition of the term was cited even before MvH. In other words, that definition has ALWAYS been accepted by the SCOTUS to be the only correct one even before MvH. However, the particular WAY it was cited in MvH made it legal precedent.

                  By the way… You say, “”Being foreign born itself triggers NO sort of disqualification process.”

                  What about not even being a US citizen, AT ALL? A completely NON-citizen cannot be president of the USA, right? Too bad, because Roger Calero was NOT a US citizen, period!

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              • KAG2020 says:

                Anchor parents?

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            • CountryDoc says:

              Thank you. I am mostly jesting, and do not really know if Sundance is one person or many. But I’m sorry to hear that about Baron. I pray daily that our president is building a long term sustainable team and many potential presidential candidates with the skill and insight he has.

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              • jessetmims says:

                You’re welcome, CountryDoc. I assumed you were joking about Sundance being Baron; but, the natural born citizen issue is too important to our future to not take every opportunity to educate any who may not fully understand it. And, I was not trying to imply that you do not; but, rather, my comments were directed toward anyone who might be lurking and not fully informed on that topic.

                By the way, we could always elect a son-in-law or daughter-in-law of Trump’s to get another Trump into the Oval Office! 🙂

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            • The Devilbat says:

              Not being natural born never stopped the communist usurper Obama.

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          • docnova66 says:

            Love this comment I saw a couple of weeks ago —

            Time traveler from the future: “What are you watching?”
            Me, today: “Trumps election returns, enjoying the Liberals heads exploding!”
            Time traveler: (long pause) “Sr. or Jr?”

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    • lorenetn says:

      Perhaps Sundance only sleeps when our VSGPOTUS sleeps.

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    • lorenetn says:

      Perhaps Sundance only sleeps when our VSGPOTUS sleeps.

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  4. Bigly says:

    That’s an amazing story. I can’t inagine making decisions that impact a 9billion dollar write off.

    Hence why CEOs get paid millions a year – this bothers me not one bit. The world needs ditch diggers too….libs spend far too much time worrying about other people’s money.

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    • jeff semda says:

      That’s because libs are takers and not producers so they need to worry about who’s got what. We can survive without them but they can’t survive without us.

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    • jeff semda says:

      That’s because libs are takers and not producers so they need to worry about who’s got what. We can survive without them but they can’t survive without us.

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    • jeff semda says:

      That’s because libs are takers and not producers so they need to worry about who’s got what. We can survive without them but they can’t survive without us.

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    • Dems are busy figuring out a way to get their “fair share” of the money involved so they can use it to buy votes. If they weren’t purchasing votes they wouldn’t have any.

      Every time I hear any Democrat talking I am always reminded of some very prescient words from Candace Owens when she was describing the Dem strategy for every election: handouts and fear. It’s easily recognizable; just listen for it.

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    • Barry Ripley says:

      CEO’s are often not playing with their own money – hence they can handle billion dollar decisions. I have much more respect for a small businessman whose decisions directly affect his and his famliy’s livelihood.

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      • CountryDoc says:

        Yes. When you own your own company, you eat last.

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      • cthulhu says:

        One of my High School chums very nearly became apprenticed to a professional diamond cutter, which is a nearly extinct art. Small diamonds are merely ground to shape, but the largest and rarest diamonds require a diamond cutter to study the inner structure and discern the way it can be cleaved to bring out the finest quality and largest cut stones that lie within the raw diamond. [He ended up in petroleum geology, go figure….]

        One of the things he told me when he was contemplating that path was very amusing. In every profession, you cannot become too reverential of your source material — or you’ll never be able to make it better. A diamond cutter has to get to the point where it’s, “OK, we’ve got the angle and the tool, my mallet is here, let’s knock that bad b**ch”, just like a surgeon has to go, “let’s open up this would-be corpse and see if we can scoop out the bad stuff”, and Neil Armstrong had to go, “well, I’ve seen a lot worse, and I’d hate to go home without stomping on that.” A great deal of human experience is not letting the ideal perfect become the enemy of the actual good.

        But this inevitably means that people must have a cynical view of what they deal with every day. “Another day, another opportunity to stir the c**p….” Even at the very highest of levels, in the most intensely meaningful and valuable of products, held to the tightest quality…..everyone refers to their work place as “garbage”. Leonardo da Vinci probably said, “well, it’s good enough that the funds will clear” when he released the Mona Lisa. After all, “a great work of art is never finished, merely abandoned.”

        I have no doubt that CEOs regularly go, “we can plaster that over with couple of extra shovels full of investor money.”

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    • Thankful for Americans Outside of DPRK says:

      “I have often thought of becoming a golf club”

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  5. jrapdx says:

    The President is no doubt reminding Cook of the realities. And since the President is the author of those economic realities, who could be a better “fortune teller” than President Trump? Oh but to be a fly on the wall—I imagine PT is telling Cook what’s it’s going to be in China after December, so much better to bring that “final assembly” back here to the the USA…

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  6. Madmax110 says:

    “If the project is abandoned, the impact on the local economy will be enormous,” he said.
    Karma is a bitch.

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  7. sharon goodson says:

    Obvi0usly… Tim Cook thinks Trump will win in 2020.

    Liked by 16 people

    • I believe you’re right! Somebody should tell Nancy and sparkle socks. Oh Canada ..,

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      • Chieftain says:

        Trudeau should be history after the Canadian election this October.

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        • Mncpo(ret) says:

          They don’t have anybody that is any different from Sparkles. I checked out who’s running, they’re pathetic.

          I hope our Canadian friends here can educate me, but all I saw were “green” supporting, feminist, “refugee” importing crisis actors.

          Just Like Sparkles.

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          • John Good says:

            You are so right on… they ALL are just like “Sparkles”!
            What O’Bama tried to do to the US, Trudeau is probably going to succeed in doing to Canada, because we have been a Socialist Country ever since the 60’s when Gov’t Socialized Medicine was brought in. And most of the Country is “brainwashed” by the TDS MSM into hating your President Trump!
            Personally, I think that “reality” is going to set in soon up here & people are going to realize that Canada is quickly becoming a 3rd World Country under “Sparkles”! He is much worse than his father Pierre Elliot Trudeau was in the early 70’s, as at least PET had some life-experience, but was a ‘Socialist-Twit Bastard’ that moved Canada even more towards Socialism.

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        • Kintbury says:

          That would make my day. Then perhaps we could have someone with their own eyebrows.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      A great pressure point with a great Return on Investment by PDJT. Can you imagine if Apple turns on a dime, and STOPs using its resources to fight PDJT, America, and support the Globalist Uniparty, and instead, starts SUPPORTING the Trump Train? And if Google were to do that, and Facebook. MSM would follow suit or finish dying. Elected leaders and policy making would follow. The slimy swamp creatures would dry up in the light of Truth, turn to dust, and blow away.

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  8. OhNoYouDont says:

    The LastRefuge retweeted

    Uncertainty Hangs Over Foxconn’s Newest China Factory as Trade War And Economic Slowdown Take a Toll
    __

    According to original plan, the factory would generate an estimated value output in the next-generation display of 300 billion yuan (US$42.6 billion) by 2020, driving the output value of the electronic information manufacturing industry to more than 500 billion yuan.

    A number of economic headwinds have arisen since the groundbreaking ceremony two years ago.
    The US-China trade war has cast a shadow over China’s role as a manufacturing and assembling hub for electronics products.

    Global electronics giants, or potential clients for LCD screens, are leaving China for other places – Korea’s Samsung, for instance, is expected to shut down its last handset factory in China this year.

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    • vikingmom says:

      China hasn’t dealt with a politician they couldn’t either buy or bullsh*t for at least the past 30 years…Papa Bush was an out of touch Globalist, the Clintons put up a For Sale sign as soon as they got into the White House (remember Johnnie Chung, and the Al Gore/monk story?)…George W was determined to make everyone like him but he was, in many ways, more out of touch than his father had been, and Obama and his angry wife just plain hate everything America stands for and were thrilled to get rich selling out the country, hoping to be part of the New World Order once all those pesky “racists” (i.e. people who actually believed in the Constitution) were finally out of the way!

      So China saw no reason to think this time would be different. They already own the Senate Majority Leader and most of the leadership of both parties. But, now they are facing a foe who has watched how they have gamed the system for years and he isn’t interested in playing by their rigged rules…and he doesn’t want or need their money!

      Tim Cook, like most successful businessmen, has gotten to where he is by paying attention to reality far more than ideology, and he sees the weakness of China’s position, and the strength of President Trump’s, so he is going to do the smart thing from a financial standpoint and back the winning horse. And that’s what the shareholders at Apple are paying him to do! All the ideologues who insist on sticking with the Chinese out of a desire to “hurt” Trump will lose, plain and simple. And, if we are VERY fortunate, we will actually get to see it happen in real time and that will be very sweet indeed!!

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      • Ray Runge says:

        So very agree that Tim Cooks decision is made in the context of a stone cold business man with a desire to do a better deal.

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        • vikingmom says:

          One to another…all the fancy “theories” of the intellectuals get shot to heck in a hand basket when applied in the “real” world. Both Donald Trump and Tim Cook understand that…while all the pseudo economists swoon over Socialism because they have never actually seen it put into practice and everyone has told them their whole lives how “special” and “smart” they are!!

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          • dallasdan says:

            My mentor on Wall Street told me I had chosen my profession wisely because only weather forecasters and economists enjoy job security and steady paychecks when they are consistently wrong.

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            • And maybe add stock brokers, who M Forbes supposedly advised that it’s better they sell their advice than take it. 🙂

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            • vikingmom says:

              Yeah, I have a couple years of college but no degree, and worked in a bank for 15 years…and I have a WAY better track record than Paul Krugman at predicting economic outcomes!

              And I was was also calling Alan Greenspan an idiot when all the talking heads and political savants referred to him as “The Maestro”. He was a pompous, arrogant jerk who made the wrong decision about almost everything that was put before him…almost like he was TRYING to crash the economy! (Hmmm – the Swamp wouldn’t do THAT, now would they? /sarc)

              Funny how people who live and work in the “real” world always seem to have more common sense and street smarts than all the Ivy League trust fund babies put together! And that’s why they are so enraged by Donald Trump. He’s not the least bit impressed with them because he has spent a career actually building real things, rather than phony sand castles that collapse as soon as a wave hits them!

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      • alliwantissometruth says:

        Spot on vm

        Here’s something I wrote in another thread about China, which you posted in too

        “As vikingmom touched on, it’s such a shame we’ve had phony “intellectuals” and globalist puppets as President for so long

        Imagine what this country, and the world for that matter, would be like if we would have had real leaders with the pro-America attitude, the business sense and the steel conviction of President Trump these past decades

        President Trump puts the pressure squarely on those who cause all the problems in the world, forcing them to get honest and do the right thing, or sink into the abyss

        Imagine how much bulls*** the world could have avoided if honorable leaders had used the immense power of America for the good of mankind instead of personal profit for themselves and the global elite”

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      • SwampRatTerrier says:

        PREACH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Dutchman says:

    A 9 Billion $ plant, brand new, sitting idle cause nobody wants it, makes a statement far beyond the direct ramifications.
    Not only is Cook confident PDJT will win, but so does ALL the ‘smart $’.

    And, the November election is NOT about whatever clown survives the Democrat circular firing squad.

    There are 2 names on the ballot in November. PDJT, and Chairman Xi.
    All else is fluff.

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    • The Boss says:

      China has uninhabited cities. What’s an idle production plant? A zit on a gnat’s ass!

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      • Dutchman says:

        I don’t see it that way, myself. This is a plant that was intended to be used by a foeiegn subcontractor (foxconn), to manufacture products for (largely) foriegn owned companies, like Apple.

        Either for U.S. consumption, or for the promised but never materialised entre into the ‘vast chinese market’.
        Big difference between this, and ghost cities, IMHO.
        More like a large, painful festering boil, although you got the location right. Oh, and NOT a gnat. Kinda like Chinas version of the 50,000 or more manufacturing operations that were,sitting abandoned in the U.S.
        Hey, Xi! Its gonna take a magic wand, cause those jobs AIN’T coming back!
        Just my opinion,…

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        • mr.piddles says:

          “the promised but never materialised entre into the ‘vast chinese market’”

          Indeed. Cook should just make a deal to send all his official hardware design docs to Chinese companies for $.01 on the $1.00… cuz they’re just gonna get copied anyway. Will save the Chinese a few months reverse engineering.

          Besides… I thought Cook and his brethren were all Human Rights types, anyway? What gives?

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          • Ray Runge says:

            Make no mistake, Apple has aways been about exploiting the youth of America because they were the beginning and the end of cool in the USA.

            This is a clear eyed deal to make moree Apple Money

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          • Dutchman says:

            Easy to be “for” something, when it doesn’t COST you anything, but a little $.
            Harvey Weinstien was a “big supporter of womens causes”, IIRC, BEFORE all his ‘troubles’.
            Clinton (Bill) too.

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        • Tim-to-Trump:
          • I really, really need a Tariff Waiver Extension to keep buying cheap Assembly-in-China.
          • It’s not fair that Samsung avoids Tariffs just because they stopped producing in China.

          Trump: Earn it by becoming the Greatest America-First Tech Company on the planet.
          • Repatriate ALL your Foreign Profits.
          • Use them to RECONSTITUTE the high-end Electronics Supply Chain in America.
          • JV to create Made-in-USA 6g that DISPLACES Huawei worldwide.
          • Become the world’s MOST TRUSTED Electronics Ecosystem for Personal Products.

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          • Dutchman says:

            And for GOSH sakes, please, please, please eliminate the,STUPID plug for charging, designed to go bad, and to go bad on the PHONE end, rather than the charger, so you have to use,a matchbook, positioned JUST right, in order to charge it!

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            • GP says:

              @Dutchman-that’s one of the reasons I leave my Samsung Galaxy 4 (it’s at least 6 years old) mostly plugged in…and I use it’s “hotspot” for internet access. I’ve replaced the battery once and refuse to upgrade. It’s not the money, it’s, well, just because.

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      • Tseg says:

        It will look a bit like Lordstown, OH.

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        • Ray Runge says:

          Lordstown has troubled history and ultimately an abandoned structure from an earlier era.

          Both Lordstown and Greater Youngstown died the death of ChiComm and Union abuse. I was fortunate to be overpaid in the Sheet And Tube boiler house that helped pay for college education.

          Overpayment helped with the belief to leave ASAP as the economy was unsustainable. Lordstown was initially tasked to manufacture the laughable Chevy Vegas. Pot and amphetamines accompanied the constructed cars as the assembly line progressed.

          Youngstown is blessed with a beautiful environment and some impressive residual infrastructure. My prayers to people ther to rekindle a proud and prosperous heritage.

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    • Sundance loved this comment, as do I!

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    • CountryDoc says:

      “There are 2 names on the ballot in November. PDJT, and Chairman Xi.
      All else is fluff.” — Frame that, Dutch

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  10. Mike says:

    What’s interesting is while we block China conduit in US through Mexico and Canada, isn’t Team Trump setting up UK as our conduit to the EU? If true, would that not be the ultimate backhand to China. Perhaps SD could comment on that.

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  11. Eric says:

    $9 billion?! $9 billion?! And it’s just sitting there?

    No wonder why these globalists hate Trump.

    Pray for him.

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  12. MostlyRight says:

    Yes, the impact will be enormous. We’ve seen it for decades in our “fly-over country”. Boarded up windows, crumbling infrastructure, factories closed followed by the businesses that supported the once thriving towns, hopelessness turned to addiction or flight to other places. Enormous.

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    • vikingmom says:

      There is a new documentary, which we had the opportunity to preview last month, called “Lost in America”. It covers the plight of three American cities that have been “left behind” and I really hope that it goes national and that the President is able to see it…these are real people, with real lives, who have been chewed up and spit out by the vast “Globalist” machine and we all need to see, and understand, their stories!

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    • formerdem says:

      Yes by the time I binged on The Office, the whole Scranton economy it depicts was already crumpling up and past … Then came 2016. And this lost thing came back.

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  13. LafnH20 says:

    https://www.businessinsider.com/these-chinese-cities-are-ghost-towns-2017-4

    FTA..

    Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people.

    These mysterious — and almost completely empty — cities are a part of China’s larger plan to move up to 300 million citizens currently living in rural areas into urban locations. Places like the Kangbashi District of Ordos are already prepped and ready to be occupied.

    Ghost Towns… Ghost Factories… Ghost Futures…

    ‘Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.’
    – H.L Mencken

    Oh, my!

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  14. trapper says:

    “If the project is abandoned, the impact on the local economy will be enormous,” he said.

    No one understands this more than the people living in small American towns where the factories that provided jobs for generations of middle class American factory workers were closed and their machine tools packed into shipping containers and shipped to China along with their jobs. The Midwest is littered with near ghost towns which 40 years ago were bustling with commerce and life. Now they look bombed out.

    Screw China.

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  15. Pa Hermit says:

    All of a sudden that “cheap labor” seen by companies/corps. doesn’t look like the investment they envisioned! Trump’s buying time to let these mistakes cost as little as possible, but the MSM wants to paint a whole different picture on this (negatively, of course!)

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  16. I don’t like the suggestion that Apple might be possibly excluded from tariffs per President Trumps remarks this weekend.

    If they actually plan to manufacture here, why suggest they might be excluded?Tariffs give them an even bigger incentive to manufacture here. Giving Apple a pass just means they play the long game and hope DJT isn’t reelected.

    These is plenty of markup on Apple products to absorb tariffs in the short term if they truly plan to move production back here….no special exclusions are necessary.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      We shouldn’t compromise principle on one hand, but we are in it for the long game. PDJT will make cold business decisions based on what’s in the best interest of Americans in the long run. Cook has a lot of leverage, but I believe U.S. under our Lion has more.

      I think either way, MAGA is fixin’ to win bigly.

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  17. GB Bari says:

    It is absolutely amazing to watch this President execute strategy after strategy whereby each win boosts the US economy higher than it was the previous month. Increasing numbers of people are finally getting meaningful jobs, and the “velocity of money” means that the financial ripple effect of every new decent paying job in turn boosts multiple local businesses.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      He has paid his dues on the street. He knows how to fight in the street and in the board room, and in the public eye. He’s in his element, acting by gut, having the time of his life, giving back to the country he loves. He is operating by instinct, stopping to think only when he has to. Unleashing packs of warriors who have earned his trust as principle driven. Notice his best team members are seasoned old dogs.

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  18. SHV says:

    “Workers at the site said production lines were being shipped in and installed so the factory could start producing liquefied crystal displays”
    ****
    I’ve read similar comments about other Taiwanese and Asian corps. shipping in the high dollar production equipment. These production lines aren’t owned by PRC companies and can be moved to other countries. The only way to stop the relocation of high tech manufacturing out of PRC would be to nationalize the facilities; the kiss of death for the economy.

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  19. haze says:

    It appears Foxconn is back to business in Wisconsin. Finally.
    https://fortune.com/2019/08/15/foxconn-wisconsin-update/

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  20. RAC Esq. says:

    “….ground was broken in March 2017….” Maybe they should have paid less attention to the fake news and spent some time researching the MAGA steadfastness of the new POTUS.

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  21. Maquis says:

    “…your own Apples…”

    Love the revised capitalization Sundance!

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  22. sarasotosfan says:

    If the plant, owned by Foxconn, is to be up and running next month, it is likely that Foxconn has some guarantee from Apple and that at any time this guarantee, if it exists, would require Apple to take a big writeoff for it.

    Did Trump remove tariffs on products to allow Apple some breathing room as to when they take this financial hit? It seems to me that the last minute tariff move would be too late to salvage any guarantee.

    This will be interesting. The next Apple earnings report in October 29.

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  23. Devil in the Blue Drapes says:

    So I’m confused (what else is new)?

    I’d read a piece a few months ago that focused on the town in “Paul Ryan’s WI” that the much touted FOXCONN (which Ryan was all too joyous to have his punchable mug attached to), had gone idle and the townsfolk who’d sold their properties in anticipation, were (as the piece noted) essentially stuck in a no-man’s ghost town, as FOXCONN never progressed w/the deal.

    Is this China location tied/affiliated with the WI plant? I seem to recall the plant had something to do with Apple screens? Anyone from WI care to weigh in?

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  24. Baby El says:

    I’m missing something…

    Ok, I understand the restructuring of Apple’s supply chain re FoxConn and China. Makes perfect sense.

    Don’t understand the President’s meeting w/ Tim Apple. To me, Tim s no different than Sundar Google – A deep state tool and liar. They may meet with our VSG, but as soon as they leave, they’re plotting against him.

    How would the President’s meeting with Tim Apple change the picture?

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  25. CNN_sucks says:

    Tim Cook will sit this out until 2020. He is a two face traitor.

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  26. SweetPotato says:

    Question for you erudite Treepers—What does the demise of FoxConn in China mean for their huge plant in Wisconsin, built with lots of tax breaks bc, you know, “jobs”, from our former Gov. Scott Walker??? Were we scammed?

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  27. Only 1/2 of the last $350b will be delayed 10% tariffs. The other half will still have 10% tariff on september 1st

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  28. JCM800 says:

    Tim Cook is a gross Sodomite. He and the like are markers of Satan and the power he wields in this Nation, and the World.

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  29. OhNoYouDont says:

    THE PRESIDENT: I had a very good meeting with Tim Cook. I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook. And Tim was talking to me about tariffs.

    And, you know, one of the things — and he made a good case — is that Samsung is their number-one competitor, and Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in South Korea. And it’s tough for Apple to pay tariffs if they’re competing with a very good company that’s not. I said, “How good a competitor?” He said they are a very good competitor. So, Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in a different location, mostly South Korea, but they’re based in South Korea. And I thought he made a very compelling argument, so I’m thinking about it.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/08/18/president-trump-impromptu-presser-departing-new-jersey-video-and-transcript-2/

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    • realitycheck6 says:

      Since Apple screens are made by Samsung, I wonder if Cook is agreeing to have additional tariffs on those as well? ……. Apple is getting its behind handed to it by Samsung and needs to reduce the price on it’s overpriced cult products

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  30. A Belle says:

    Foxconn is building a huge plant in Wisconsin. There is continuous “talk” by the local news media how Foxconn won’t live up to their commitments. (The local media are such dolts, they cants connect the dots)

    FoxConn CEO Gau wants to be the next President of Taiwan. What better optics for a potential President of Taiwan (a nation threatened by the Chicoms) to be in very good graces with the man who is president of the most powerful nation in the history of mankind?

    Gau wants to be president of Taiwan. Trump wants Wisconsin in 2020. Seems like late 2019, or early 2020 will be a very good time to announce the FoxConn factory in Wi is not only on target but expanding with new orders from Apple. Gau and Trump will announce it together in Wisconisn.

    Winning.

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