All things being equal, Apple and other nominally American companies would be more efficient if they kept production closer to design and weren't shuffling $billions between Irish shell corporations and Caribbean banks.
Testing a truly new rocket has always involved failure. In fact, the development of any complex and innovative product should feature an iterative development process. By definition such a process is "failure driven."
While the face of China, with its new veneer of mobster capitalism, looks very different today, nothing has changed politically. The folks that sent the tanks and troops into Tiananmen are still in charge.
You just can't stay in a deal where only one side is required to follow rules or behave in a civilized manner. It is time for Washington to take off the gloves and fight for American jobs like the 700,000 other ones Apple has left in China.
Heck, I'm as excited as the next guy about glorious pictures of an expanding universe and finding those sneaky scorpions on Venus, but the ultimate purpose of space flight and all human explorations must be to expand the realm of human presence and deliver a brighter future for all.
We should address this clear and present danger to our economy and our sovereignty straight on and cut off Beijing's purchases of American debt. Shutting off China's access to this currency disposal site will break their sterilization system.