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Apple supplier Quanta braces for negative impact of trade dispute

Macbook maker conservative on notebook demand in 2018

Quanta's headquarters in the northern Taiwanese city of Taoyuan.

TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- The chairman of key Apple supplier Quanta Computer said a trade war between the U.S. and China would be very bad for the global tech supply chain but that most companies were powerless to alleviate the impact that will have.

"Any kind of the trade war [between China and the U.S.] would be a very negative thing," Chairman Barry Lam said at a press conference on Friday. "However, we can do nothing about it [if there is a full-blown trade war] and at the same time, our clients cannot do anything either."

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