“Last night, the world’s largest wind power turbine maker, Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology, announced a joint venture with Apple on wind power developments in China,” Pantho Investments writes for Seeking Alpha. “I believe Apple is doing this for Foxconn in exchange for Foxconn’s U.S. expansion.”

Pantho Investments writes, “Here is a timeline of what I believe happened:”

1. Donald Trump tries to persuade Tim Cook to build a manufacturing plant in the U.S. (Fact)

2. A convinced Tim Cook talks to Foxconn (Apple’s biggest device-assembler) about building a plant in the U.S., citing benefits and potential subsidies.

3. Foxconn agrees, but only if there is some sort of investment or upgrade to its Chinese factories thrown into the deal.

4. Apple and Foxconn settle on the idea of Apple providing clean energy to Foxconn’s Chinese factories in exchange for Foxconn building a manufacturing plant in the U.S.

5. Yesterday afternoon, Foxconn announced that it was in preliminary discussions to expand its U.S. operations. (Fact)

6. And later that night, Goldwind announced a joint venture with Apple to develop wind power to China. (Fact)

7. So rather than just purchasing wind power turbines for Foxconn’s manufacturing facilities, Apple chose to take a partial equity stake in the largest wind power turbine producer in the world.

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“Goldwind’s wholly-owned subsidiary Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment will transfer a 30 percent stake each in four project companies to Apple,” Mitchel Broussard reports for MacRumors. “The subsidiary of Goldwind is focused on the construction and operation of wind power farms and will likely assist Apple in providing clean energy to its many iPhone manufacturing facilities in the region, potentially including well-known assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Seems plausible.

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