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Apple suppliers face manufacturing woes in China

Rising wages and environmental initiatives in 'Little Taipei' driving up costs

Unidentified liquid and smoke are seen next to a polluted canal in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province in 2011.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Tightening environmental protection measures and growing labor costs may now pose a further headache for Apple and its suppliers in coastal cities in China at a time when global demand for smartphones is softening.

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