The rabidly pro-China WantChinaTimes argues that Apple hurts Taiwan....
Significantly, Taiwan's exports to the United States and Europe in May declined 12.3% and 13.4%, respectively. Meanwhile, its exports of consumer electronics to these two regions were down 53.7% and 41.1% year-on-year, respectively.________________
The sharp fall in Taiwan's exports of electronics was attributed to large declines in the Taoyuan-based HTC's exports of smartphones to the United States and Europe.
According to media reports, HTC contributed one quarter of Taiwan's export growth in 2010. Therefore, declines in its exports to the United States and Europe negatively affected exports and even income and employment growth.
Apple can be called the culprit behind the decline in HTC's — and hence Taiwan's — exports. To achieve its goal of profit maximization, Apple filed patent infringement lawsuits around the world against major manufacturers of Android mobile phones and tablet computers, including Samsung and HTC, and demanded that other countries ban the import of products that violate patents.
HTC's exports declined sharply due to its failure in these lawsuits, though it had commanded a large market share in the United States, which has grown over the past few years.
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