Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, owned over 4.5 billions of profit and more than 0.8 million employees in 2018. The company was also ranked 33 out of the 50 smartest companies 2017 by MIT Review. Recently, its landmark investment in Wisconsin area has also been discussed a lot, as the new Democratic governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers planned to re-negotiate the deal made in 2017.
Both the products and factories of Foxconn can be found everywhere in the world. The most popular electronics of Foxconn include iPhone, Amazon Kindle, and Xbox One. Its factories can be found at countries in Asia, Europe, and America. Foxconn’s founder and chairman Terry Guo might have been one of the most influential person in the consumer electronics market.
Although the US has made a historical deal with Foxconn, China is also kinda irreplaceable to the company. According to Foxconn’s website, the company has over 40 campuses and 29,900 out of its 83,600 patents registered in China. Notably, Foxconn factories also harbor the Communist Party of Foxconn (unofficial translation), where the office chairman Liu Zhong-Xian (劉忠先忠) has been supervising the unit for more than ten years. It is so far unclear how much the Party could influence about Foxconn China, while the party chairman sure is controllable by its higher level of Party hierarchy, as stated in the Principles of Basic Units of Communist Party (unofficial translation).
On March 15<sup>th</sup>, former US House speaker Paul Ryan visited Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen. Two days later, Guo announced that he is to run for the nomination by Kuomintang and participate the 2020 presidential candidates in Taiwan. Considering Foxconn’s tie with the US and China, Guo’s political propensity and campaigns in the future may not just reshape Foxconn’s marketing strategy but also bring impacts into the diplomatic relationships between global democratic partners.