Apple CEO meets China regulator after pulling Hong Kong app

Tim Cook, chief government officer of Apple, in Sun Valley, Idaho, United States, on July 12, 2019.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook met the chief of China’s market regulator in Beijing on Thursday, the Chinese company stated, per week after the U.S. agency was thrust into the midst of political tensions between the mainland and protesters in Hong Kong.

Apple final week faraway from its app retailer an app that helped Hong Kong protesters observe police actions after a Chinese state newspaper sharply criticized it for permitting the software program. The firm stated the app, HKmap.reside, was used to focus on the police.

Cook had defended the elimination within the face of criticism for appeasing mainland China, telling Apple employees that “this decision best protects our users.”

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation stated in an announcement on its web site that its chief, Xiao Yaqing, and Cook mentioned matters together with Apple increasing funding in China, shopper rights safety and fulfilling company social accountability. It didn’t give extra particulars.

Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

China is a key marketplace for Apple. Apple’s smartphone market share fell to five.8% within the June quarter from 6.4% in the identical interval a yr in the past, in line with analysis agency Canalys, as China’s homegrown Huawei Technologies turned the dominant smartphone vendor.

The assembly additionally comes days earlier than China holds the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen in China’s jap Zhejiang province. The occasion up to now has attracted abroad firm executives, international diplomats and Chinese authorities officers.

It was not instantly clear if Cook will likely be a participant on the convention this yr. He final attended the occasion in 2017.

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