A Chinese county is rallying retired People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel to come work at the world’s largest iPhone factory, operated by Apple supplier Foxconn, “in the latest sign of how much local authorities are scrambling to restore production at the facility in Zhengzhou, capital of central Henan province,” according to the South China Morning Post.

The PLA is is the principal military force of the People’s Republic of China and the armed wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The PLA consists of five service branches: the Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force, and Strategic Support Force.

According to the SCMP, the veteran affairs bureau in Changge, a county with a population of 710,000 under the administration of the city of Xuchang in Henan, on Tuesday posted an open letter urging retired PLA personnel to “answer the government’s call” and “take part in the resumption of production” at Foxconn’s manufacturing complex in Zhengzhou. The letter suggested that they “show up where there’s a need.”

COVID-19 restrictions have impacted the primary iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly facility located in Zhengzhou. The facility is currently operating at significantly reduced capacity. What’s more, workers have reportedly been walking out of the factory in significant numbers after the COVID outbreak.

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