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Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for Foxconn's new factory complex in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, on June 28.   © Reuters
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In Wisconsin, Foxconn's Terry Gou seeks a future beyond Apple

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LAULY LI and CHENG TING-FANG, Nikkei staff writers | Taiwan

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wisconsin/TAIPEI -- As trade tensions between Washington and Beijing escalate, the chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, Terry Gou, has managed to make the assembler of iPhones seem immune from the bitter tariff war -- and he even has become a notable job creator in the U.S. despite the fact that his hardware empire faces mounting challenges at a critical stage.

The groundbreaking ceremony on June 28 for the company's $10 billion liquid crystal display factory complex in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin -- a 30-minute drive from Milwaukee and one of the biggest foreign investments in the U.S. -- was designed to highlight the move to bring manufacturing jobs back to the country.

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