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Apples move to transfer some production back to the U.S. has been in the headlines,but that doesnt mean the iPhone maker is scaling down its China operations. In fact, its still expanding.
The Wall Street Journal reported Mondaythat Apple is poaching engineers from rival smartphone maker HTC and other Taiwanese tech firms, to build up its teams in Shanghai and Taipei.
The move is a reminder of the realities of globalization and the current limitations of factory automation. Industry executives and analysts agree that costs for robotic arms have to come down quite a bit before it would be cost-efficient to switch en masse to automated assembly lines for devices like smartphones and tablets. Until that happens, building an iPhone remains a labor-heavy process that is likely to stay in countries with cheaper labor such as China.
Automation has its limitations, said Arthur Hsieh, lead analyst for UBS Asia technology hardware. A product has to have a long life cycle to be suitable. And if demand is very volatile, then manual production makes more sense.
Apples Mac Pro computers were a prime candidate for automation, with their long life cycles and relatively stable demand, which meant the same production line could be used for a long time without requiring an overhaul. The company brought some Mac Pro production lines back to the U.S. this yearfollowing political pressure to reduce reliance on China-based contract manufacturers who have come under fire for labor practices.
But the bulk of Apples products cant be adapted to automated assembly lines quite so easily. All of Apples iPhones and iPads are still assembled in China, and are not likely to move out in the near-term, analysts say.
Which brings us to engineers. Apples close cooperation with suppliers to develop new products means that it is wedded to its supply chain in China. It needs engineers and managers on the ground to continuously monitor developments at its component suppliers and manufacturers. And as it plans a wider array of products, it needs more engineers in China than ever before and has been aggressively trying to hire them in Shanghai and Taipei.
Thats why manufacturing jobs arent the only ones that may be difficult to move back to the U.S.
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By: Agence France-Presse February 25, 2014 10:41 PM About 30,000 pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong march through the city to demand a greater say in choosing their future leader, in this January 1, 2014 file photo. REUTERS InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 HONG KONG – Planned summer demonstrations by democracy activists were behind China’s decision to snub Hong Kong in favor of Beijing as host of a key Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) finance ministers’ meeting, a media report said.
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THE situation is not just about talks vs operation. The plot is far more complex than it appears. At the moment, an operation seems to be the better option; but there are many constraints. And as opposed to the state, it is the Pakistani Taliban, both good and bad, that appear to be benefiting more from the current situation.
The political and security establishments have different perceptions of and responses to the quagmire of terrorism. While the security establishment takes a broader view, and factors in regional and strategic concerns, the political leadership has focused primarily on internal security. Nonetheless nothing should stop the two from evolving a common approach, though the governments view of national security is still developing.
But the current dynamics of the Taliban insurgency demand a quick and vigilant response. As the situation is changing daily, the government has to come up with a flexible approach.
It appears that the security establishment is in a hurry to strike hard against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) before 2015 so that no one can use the banned group as a strategic tool against Pakistan including the Afghan Taliban and Afghan security institutions.
As time passes, the feeling of uncertainty and unease is growing vis–vis the Afghan Taliban behaviour after Nato troops withdraw from Afghanistan. The major reason is that the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network have not used their influence with the TTP leadership and other militants on both sides of the border to get them to stop launching attacks inside Pakistan. It is feared that after 2015, the Afghan Taliban will continue to use the TTP as a tactical tool against Pakistan to maintain what they view as a strategic balance.
It is likely that some Pakistanis believe that if the TTP is dismantled or weakened enough before 2015, the Afghan Taliban would not be able to use them as a bargaining lever and will continue to look towards Pakistan for political support.
However, a full-scale operation in North Waziristan cannot guarantee the TTPs elimination. There are two reasons. First, the TTP and its local and international affiliates have expanded their networks in other parts of the country and the number of terrorists sleeper cells is increasing. Second, the North Waziristan militants can relocate to Afghanistan and join Mullah Fazlullahs forces thus becoming more problematic for Pakistan. It would be a nightmare for the establishment if these militants become strategic assets in the hands of Afghan security agencies.
In this context, a prolonged US presence in Afghanistan could become a stabilising factor in border security and Pak-Afghan ties. The US has its own reasons for maintaining its presence in the region. Apart from the Al Qaeda presence, it is concerned about Pakistans nukes. Besides, its presence in Afghanistan will keep up pressure on Iran, China, Russia and the Central Asian states.
There are compelling reasons for Afghans to support the presence of the US troops in their country. The capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces to assume responsibility post-2014 is still a major concern for Kabul, which is not sure whether peace can be achieved without mainstreaming the Afghan Taliban. The latter believe their political and moral position will strengthen after 2014 even without a reconciliation agreement. They want to keep their allies and assets intact both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the former, they may not disturb elections on a large scale; in Pakistan they will support peace talks to buy time. It is for the first time that the Afghan Taliban are experiencing time constraints.
Interestingly, experts do not give a proper place to Al Qaeda in their analyses. Al Qaeda is another beneficiary of the regional conflict. For Al Qaeda, this is a golden opportunity to manipulate the situation in its favour as it enjoys the same influence over the TTP and other regional militant groups as the Afghan Taliban.
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The series comprises five different models with a combination of six different output voltages from 12 to 60 VDC. Outputs are also capable of being connected in series in order to provide a single output up to 120 VDC
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Written by: Sharief Ali on May 19, 2008.
The search for alternative fuels diverting attention from a more pressing and critical issue
A few years ago I was lucky enough to go on an adventurous summer trip to Europe, northern Africa and western Asia. One of the most glaring differences anybody will notice when they travel across Europe, or any other continent for that matter, is the size of the average vehicle on the road.
Everything in America is huge.
Whether it is big cars, big houses or big buildings, its obvious that we live in a land of consumption. To live in a land of pure consumption, vast quantities of energy are needed, and thats where the problem lies. The U.S. consumes about a quarter of the oil produced worldwide. That is more than the entire continent of Europe.
As a result, the issue of energy resources and consumption has been at the forefront of the presidential race this year. Up there with critical issues like the slumping U.S. economy, terrorism and the war in Iraq has been the issue of alternative energy resources. Americans know that there is a finite source of oil left on the planet, and at the current rate of energy consumption, the cost of energy will rise even more. The pain that Americans are feeling at the gas pump can only get worse. After paying higher gas prices, Americans are now behind the green movement, which calls for conservation of energy and the use of alternative energy.
However, there is one big problem that most Americans dont think about, and that is the cause of our energy concerns. The problem is not just that we use too much energy with our current lifestyles. The problem is that the rest of the world is catching up to the U.S. What does that mean?
For the last two decades, the U.S. has been the sole superpower in the world. As such, we were undoubtedly the superior political, military and economic power in the world. The U.S. is not declining greatly, but the rest of the world is catching up. As a result, booming populations in developing countries like China and India seek access to more resources as their countries become more economically powerful. Basically, the billions of people in these countries want to move up the food chain, and the energy chain, so to speak.
This creates a huge problem for the U.S. because it forces us to seek alternative energy resources, such as ethanol gas, which is made from corn. In the beginning, ethanol was heralded as one of the new alternative fuel resources for the U.S., but recently, ethanol has been strongly criticized as being one of the main causes of rising food prices in the U.S.
According to the American Coalition for Ethanol, these assertions are flat-out wrong. In an article on the coalitions website, they claim that ethanol is only responsible for about 3 percent of the rise in the cost of food.
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What God would destroy, He first sends mad – James Duport 1606-1679 Homeri Gnomologia The British in the guise of human rights crusaders are demanding an international investigation on purported war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the ethnic conflict. On February 11, 2014, the Guardian (London) reported (written by Ian Cobain, Ewen MacAskill and Katy Stoddard) an account of the century of conflict the British created all over the world.
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02/13/2014 09:43 SPAIN – CHINA Arrest order issued for Jiang Zemin. Chinese politician: “Come and get me if you are bold enough! ” A Spanish judge asks Interpol to execute an international arrest warrant for the former Chinese president, accused of genocide of the Tibetan people. Weiqun, head of Ethnic Minorities and Religious Affairs, gives a press conference responding contemptuously to Madrid Court.
Madrid (AsiaNews / Agencies) – A Spanish judge has asked Interpol to execute an international arrest warrant for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and other four high ranking Chinese politicians, accused of the genocide of the Tibetan population .
The case was brought before the High Court by a pro-Tibet Spanish group and some local Tibetan refugees residing in Spain. Last November, the High Court recognized “crimes against humanity” and the abuse of human rights. According to a principle of “universal jurisdiction” that applies in the country, Jiang Zemin may be arrested and prosecuted.
Others charged include the “Tiananmen butcher”, the former prime minister Li Peng , the former police chief Qiao Shi, former Party Secretary in Tibet Chen Kuiyan and the former Minister for Population Control, Peng Pelyun.
Perhaps to avoid making a fool of itself with China, last month the ruling People’s Party introduced a law that would empower judges to investigate crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide only if the suspect is a Spaniard or a foreigner who works in Spain or a foreigner in Spain whose extradition has been denied.
The practice of “universal jurisdiction” had already been restricted in 2009 after a diplomatic incident with Israel: some groups in Spain had accused Israel of deadly bombings in Gaza in 2002.
The Spanish Parliament’s vote on the new changes should take place on February 18.
Thubten Wangchen, the Tibetan Monk who helped the groups to present the charges before the court is convinced that the move is due to Beijing pressuring the People’s Party.
Speaking to journalists yesterday he said: ” The Chinese government is putting a great deal of pressure on Rajoy’s government and therefore poor Rajoy choice [ the leader of the People's Party - ed]has to take note and obey China, there is no other”.
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said China needs to move faster to revamp its economy and stop stealing intellectual property if it wants more influence in global decision making.
Policies where theres a theft of intellectual property are just unacceptable for a country that wants to sit at the table and make the rules for the world, Lew said in an interview with Charlie Rose airing on PBS tonight. China sees itself as a country, appropriately, that should have a voice in making the rules for the next generation. They cant have it both ways.
Lew and other Obama administration officials have complained to China about cybercrime. The White House released a plan today for actions power plants, financial networks and other critical services can take to protect their computer networks from hacker attacks.
In November, a congressional commission found that the Chinese government wages a large-scale cyber-espionage campaign and has successfully targeted the networks of U.S. government and private organizations.
Lew said China was making changes to its economy, though not quickly enough.
Not to be overly optimistic, I think were pushing on an open door in terms of the direction that were encouraging them to go, Lew said. They have a different view of time than we do and were going to find frustrating how slow the progress is.
They need to understand that in order for this relationship to stay strong in the context of both the U.S. economy and public opinion, theyre going to need to show the progress in terms that are a little bit faster, he said.
Lew said China would like the yuan to become a world currency.
It kind of goes with wanting a seat at the table, he said. You cant become a true world currency if you dont have a market-determined exchange rate, and I think they know that.
He said he has seen progress on the yuan, which the U.S. insists is undervalued. We press and press and press that they need to make more progress, Lew said.
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