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Apple ditches Samsung as chip partner, latest hit in war with South Korea company

Karen Haslam | April 11, 2013
Samsung executive confirms: The deterioration of ties has expanded to chips

Will a Korean war affect Samsung?

With trouble brewing in neighboring North Korea, Apple may well be wise to move manufacturing requirements out of the country. Perhaps any disturbance in that part of the world will affect the smartphone war between Apple and Samsung.

Samsung's global headquarters in Suwon, South Korea is just 35 miles from the border with North Korea. In addition, the company's 1,020-acre production facility is based in Tangjeong near the port city of Asan, and therefore exposed to attack by both air and sea.

"With so much business dependent on a supply-chain partner in what is rapidly becoming the world's next potential conflict hotspot, one would expect more anxiety and hand-wringing over the risk of disruption from even a brief breakout of hostilities on the Korean peninsula," writes ChannelWeb.

On 30 March 2013, the North Korean government declared it was in "a state of war" with South Korea.



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