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Apple held hostage by its Chinese puzzle

How iPhone maker's success manufactured the rise of Huawei

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

TAIPEI/ HONG KONG -- Soon after Tim Cook was hired by Apple's founder Steve Jobs in 1998 to whip the company's U.S.-focused supply chain into shape, he made a bold decision. Within two years he began shutting Apple's U.S. factories and outsourcing production to China.

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