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Apple ‘plays with fire’ buys iPhone 14 parts from Chinese supplier

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Apple is reportedly seeking chips from a controversial Chinese government-affiliated company in its new iPhone 14 — and several US lawmakers are confused.

After a report in South Korean media that Apple was planning to release chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. to use in its new line of iPhones, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) chided the company for “playing with fire.”

“If [Apple] If it moves forward, it will be subject to scrutiny like it has never seen from the federal government,” Rubio ranted to the Financial Times. “We cannot allow Chinese companies that are the Communist Party into our telecommunications networks and millions of Americans’ iPhones.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) also told the paper that “YMTC has extensive ties to the Chinese Communist Party and military.”

“Apple will effectively transfer knowledge and know-how to YMTC, which will enhance its capabilities and help the CCP achieve its national goals,” McCaul added.

Critics on both sides of the aisle have portrayed YMTC as a national security risk, arguing that the company is affiliated and subsidized by the Chinese government. They also say the company may have violated an export ban on US technology by selling chips to sanctioned phone maker Huawei.

“We can’t allow Communist Party-linked Chinese companies to our telecommunications networks and millions of Americans’ iPhones,” Senator Marco Rubio said. Getty Images Michael McCaul “YMTC has extensive ties to the Chinese Communist Party and the military,” said Representative Michael McCaul. REUTERS

In July, a bipartisan group of senators, including Rubio, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) described YMTC and other Chinese chipmakers as a “growing threat” to US national security in a letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. They urged Raimondo to blacklist the company.

“By not adding YMTC to the entity list, the US Department of Commerce is allowing the PRC to exploit our technology sector and supply it to sanctioned parties in China,” the senators wrote, according to Reuters.

According to the Financial Times, Schumer has also privately expressed concerns about YMTC to Raimondo.

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