Gou did not specify when the company had increased its China workforce.

Taiwan electronics giant Hon Hai (2317.TW) said on Wednesday it had recently increased its number of employees in China by 5 percent despite the global downturn.

Hon Hai is a contract manufacturer that makes some of the world's most famous gadgets, including Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone, Nokia (NOK1V.HE) cellphones and Nintendo's (7974.OS) Wii game console.

"In the short term, things are not as bad as they are made out to be," Chairman Terry Gou said at a signing ceremony between the company and IBM (IBM.N) on using green technology.

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