A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Visualizing Apple in China
Apple rolled out new products and services this week, so we look at how important China has been to Apple.
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Apple has sold over 2.2 billion iPhones since 2007, many of them in China. Those iPhones (and iPads, etc.) were assembled in China. But for the US$451 experts estimate it costs to make a new iPhone, only US$14 stays in China: US$7 to Foxconn and US$7 to the workers it employs. The iPhone is not as popular in China as in the past. China's workers and its giant phone market helped Apple become the first company worth US$2 trillion. Just two years ago, Apple sold most of the more expensive phones in China. In 2019, however, Apple only won over 9% of China's buyers.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.