Maria Montero

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with regulator …

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook met with the head of China’s market regulator in Beijing on Thursday, the Chinese agency said, a week after the U.S. firm faced political tensions between the mainland and protesters. in Hong Kong.

Tim Cook. Image: Reuters

Last week, Apple removed an app from its app store that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements after a Chinese state newspaper harshly criticized it for allowing the software. The company said that the application,, was used to target police.

Cook had defended the removal in the face of criticism for appeasing mainland China, telling Apple workers that “this decision better protects our users.”

The Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website that its boss, Xiao Yaqing, and Cook discussed issues including expanding Apple’s investment in China, protecting consumer rights and compliance with corporate social responsibility. He did not elaborate.

Cook was in Beijing for an annual meeting at Tsinghua University, where he serves on an advisory board alongside executives from other companies. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

China is a key market for Apple. Apple’s smartphone market share fell to 5.8% in the June quarter from 6.4% in the same period a year earlier, according to research firm Canalys, as China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd became the dominant seller. of smart phones.

Cook’s meeting came Thursday as China prepares to host the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in east China’s Zhejiang province. The event in the past attracted foreign company executives, foreign diplomats and Chinese government officials.

It was not immediately clear if Cook would be a participant in this year’s conference. The last time he attended the event was in 2017.

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