Contrary to the Internet hyperbole, Chinese people are afraid of the moving wave of some famous brands to Vietnam in recent years.
Many Chinese are worried about losing jobs because of the information that some key products of Apple have been manufactured in Vietnam.
On Weibo, China’s largest social network, the news about Apple being able to produce iPad in Vietnam from the middle of this year attracted hundreds of millions of readers and thousands of comments.
The technology site Sina wrote, “This event will mark the first time the largest tablet manufacturer has produced a big amount of devices outside of China.”
This is not the first time that the Chinese people argued over Apple asking partners to moves factories out of their home country. By the end of 2020, there was an information, which caused a wave of protests on Weibo, about a part of China’s Foxconn moved to Vietnam to manufacture iPad and Macbook from 2021.
Chinese reaction: The worry of unemployment is growing
Most of the people believed that Vietnam couldn’t have the ability to make high-quality Apple products. But by the beginning of this year, when international sources said that factories in Vietnam had begun assembling iPhones, MacBooks, and HomePod mini, many Chinese accounts were unhappy.
“We were mistaken. Now the headphones will be transferred to Vietnamese people to do. Sooner or later, millions of Chinese workers will be unemployed”, user Zhang Qin Qin wrote.
Likewise, many others expressed confusion. Since China has been considered as the factory of the world, the departure of Apple may cause many other technology companies to follow.
“Samsung left and now Apple too. It was a chain effect, not simply a ‘farewell.’ We must seriously consider this shift as a risk to society as a whole. In the technology sector, where will the future of the unemployed go? ”wrote Xing Wang’s account.
Vietnam – A promising land for hi-tech supply chain
According to Nikkei, Apple’s strategy of leaving China brings many direct benefits to Vietnam. Foxconn, Apple’s partner, invested $ 270 million to establish a subsidiary in Vietnam at the end of last year.
Luxshare, the new iPhone assembler and main supplier of AirPods, is ramping up capacity for the HomePod mini in northern Vietnam. Goertek, the main assembler of the main AirPods, has asked all of their suppliers to evaluate the feasibility of moving production to Vietnam from the end of 2018.
On average, Apple ships around 90 million AirPods each year. In the summer of 2019, this headset was produced for the first time in Vietnam. A year later, the large output of AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and HomePod mini was also transferred to the factory production in Vietnam.
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