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Apple manufacturer Foxconn suspends Vietnam production amidst riots

Above: Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting a Foxconn supplier plant

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Foxconn’s six manufacturing sites in Vietnam won’t be assembling iPhones and iPads this weekend — or anything else, for that matter.

The Taiwan-based electronics supplier, which manufactures gadgets for Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, and others, is suspending operations in Vietnam for at least three days due to violent anti-China protests, reports the Financial Times.

China’s contentious oil drilling near the Paracel Islands spurred the protests in Vietnam. China controls the chain of islands in the South China Sea, but Vietnam and Taiwan have also claimed them as their own.

The protestors have targeted hundreds of business, many without ties to China. Taiwanese, South Korean, Japanese, and Malaysian plants have sustained damage, and at least two people have been killed — though the actual total is likely much higher.

“Employees at our manufacturing sites in Vietnam will take three days of leave from May 17 for safety reasons,” Foxconn said in a statement Friday.

Foxconn expanded into Vietnam in 2007. It currently has six manufacturing units in the country that normally make computers, smartphones, and components.

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