It's not possible to completely understand another person's reality. All that is possible is for us to project our own experiences and understanding onto their actions.People, motivations and values are very complicated.
If accurate, I theorized at the beginning of Apple's push into China that there was no way the Chinese government would allow Apple to have their own data centers and App Store if it wasn't controlled by the Chinese. China Mobile is government owned. Apple would never have gotten wide distribution without ceding significant control to the Chinese.