Apple's Tim Cook tours China, meets with Vice Premier ahead of March 25 event

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Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Beijing this week, touring businesses and local landmarks, as well as meeting with China's Vice Premier Sun Chunlan.

Tim Cook and Sun Chunlan


The pair discussed the country's education achievements and promised further cooperation along those lines, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Apple has been eager to push iPads and its Swift programming language into as many schools as possible.

The executive also visited the Forbidden City, promoting apps that "help people around the world learn about Chinese culture," as he wrote in a Weibo post. Similar stops involved visiting Hongen Education, which is integrating augmented reality into its products, and talking to members of an education startup called iHuman.

.@Apple CEO @tim_cook during Beijing visit:
"Remarkable to see so many cutting-edge apps from the 600-year old Palace Museum!"#Apple #China pic.twitter.com/uDGbAtKC3U

-- Pandaily (@thepandaily)


Cook first arrived in the country on March 21. That night he attended a Today at Apple music event at the company's Wangfujing store.

.@Apple 's @tim_cook showed up at the flagship #applestore in Beijing Wangfujing last night for the #TodayatApple music event. Today, he has met education startup #iHuman and discussed AR with its founder before attending China Development Forum tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/444UyA34tC

-- Yicai Global ???? (@yicaichina)


His return home will likely happen Sunday if not Saturday, given that he's likely to appear at a press event on March 25. The company is widely expected to showcase its upcoming video service, as well as paid Apple News subscriptions.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 16
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,054member
    Is it safe for Tim Cook to do this? China has a tendency to arrest people of foreign origin.
  • Reply 2 of 16
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,988member
    Is it safe for Tim Cook to do this? China has a tendency to arrest people of foreign origin.
    Considering China has tens of thousands of people who rely on Apple (through Foxconn) for their income, it would be against their interests to irritate Apple.
  • Reply 3 of 16
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 559member
    Hopefully he doesn’t leave any prototype Apple devices laying around unattended in his hotel room. 
    Latkowatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 16
    LatkoLatko Posts: 349member
    hexclock said:
    Hopefully he doesn’t leave any prototype Apple devices laying around unattended in his hotel room. 
    only to be traded in for Huawei gear - little risk involved 
    edited March 22
  • Reply 5 of 16
    Tim Cook has to be the best industry CEO from the USA  to repeatably visit and learn in China.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 16
    LatkoLatko Posts: 349member
    Tim Cook has to be the best industry CEO from the USA  to repeatably visit and learn in China.
    ...teaching the Chinese Authorities firm lessons about docility, intellectual property, privacy and human rights.
  • Reply 7 of 16
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,988member
    Latko said:
    Tim Cook has to be the best industry CEO from the USA  to repeatably visit and learn in China.
    ...teaching the Chinese Authorities firm lessons about docility, intellectual property, privacy and human rights.
    What official policies have they changed as s result of their interactions with Tim Cook?
  • Reply 8 of 16
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,295member
    Is it safe for Tim Cook to do this? China has a tendency to arrest people of foreign origin.
    No, that's the U.S. and its minion Canada who arrest foreign executives they don't like.   But China is big enough that they have not yet retaliated against any U.S. executives.   Very mature of them. 
  • Reply 9 of 16
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,295member
    Apparently Tim does not see China as a threat but as a very capable partner.   Smart.
  • Reply 10 of 16
    blah64blah64 Posts: 915member
    Apparently Tim does not see China as a threat but as a very capable partner.   Smart.
    Very clearly, they are both.  And I'm quite sure he does understand this.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 16
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,295member
    blah64 said:
    Apparently Tim does not see China as a threat but as a very capable partner.   Smart.
    Very clearly, they are both.  And I'm quite sure he does understand this.
    Since, the threat part only came from Trump and his minions, I am not at all sure that they are a threat -- except economically.   They simply don't have our insecurity driving a desire to dominate and control.  Instead, their dominance derives from doing things better.  But some are threatened by that.  Tim is too smart for that stupidity and knows to leverage their considerable abilities to our advantage.
  • Reply 12 of 16
    nhtnht Posts: 4,429member
    blah64 said:
    Apparently Tim does not see China as a threat but as a very capable partner.   Smart.
    Very clearly, they are both.  And I'm quite sure he does understand this.
    Since, the threat part only came from Trump and his minions, I am not at all sure that they are a threat -- except economically.   They simply don't have our insecurity driving a desire to dominate and control.  Instead, their dominance derives from doing things better.  But some are threatened by that.  Tim is too smart for that stupidity and knows to leverage their considerable abilities to our advantage.
    Lol...the most insecure feeling major government is the PRC.  That’s even with the Brexit fiasco in progresss.

    There is a reason for tight control over media and thought in China...they fear another revolution.  The income disparity is high, the population aging and these are existential threats to the government if they cannot find a soft landing.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 16
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,295member
    nht said:
    blah64 said:
    Apparently Tim does not see China as a threat but as a very capable partner.   Smart.
    Very clearly, they are both.  And I'm quite sure he does understand this.
    Since, the threat part only came from Trump and his minions, I am not at all sure that they are a threat -- except economically.   They simply don't have our insecurity driving a desire to dominate and control.  Instead, their dominance derives from doing things better.  But some are threatened by that.  Tim is too smart for that stupidity and knows to leverage their considerable abilities to our advantage.
    Lol...the most insecure feeling major government is the PRC.  That’s even with the Brexit fiasco in progresss.

    There is a reason for tight control over media and thought in China...they fear another revolution.  The income disparity is high, the population aging and these are existential threats to the government if they cannot find a soft landing.
    They are growing at 2-3 times the rate of the U.S. -- while loaning us money to pay our bills and for Trump's TaxScam.
    So who is insecure?
  • Reply 14 of 16
    nhtnht Posts: 4,429member
    nht said:
    blah64 said:
    Apparently Tim does not see China as a threat but as a very capable partner.   Smart.
    Very clearly, they are both.  And I'm quite sure he does understand this.
    Since, the threat part only came from Trump and his minions, I am not at all sure that they are a threat -- except economically.   They simply don't have our insecurity driving a desire to dominate and control.  Instead, their dominance derives from doing things better.  But some are threatened by that.  Tim is too smart for that stupidity and knows to leverage their considerable abilities to our advantage.
    Lol...the most insecure feeling major government is the PRC.  That’s even with the Brexit fiasco in progresss.

    There is a reason for tight control over media and thought in China...they fear another revolution.  The income disparity is high, the population aging and these are existential threats to the government if they cannot find a soft landing.
    They are growing at 2-3 times the rate of the U.S. -- while loaning us money to pay our bills and for Trump's TaxScam.
    So who is insecure?
    Who has the great firewall and censors any dissenting opinion?  Who fears religious freedom and free press?

    There’s your answer.  

    Trump and China are two sides of the same coin.  That Trump tries to discredit the press and demonize Muslims is based on that same inherent fear.  That and he’s just a world class grifter.

    Dunno why any American would be a apologist for a brutal communist regime but there are dumb shits everywhere and not just in trump country.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 16
    GHammerGHammer Posts: 52member
    Is it safe for Tim Cook to do this? China has a tendency to arrest people of foreign origin.
    Considering China has tens of thousands of people who rely on Apple (through Foxconn) for their income, it would be against their interests to irritate Apple.
    Please! So, who kowtows to who in this relationship? Does China give Apple special access to anything? Nope. Does the reverse happen? R&D centers. Check Encryption keys for iCloud and other data? Check Move the data to China? Check Give 'grants' of millions to various organizations in China? Check Yeah, against their interests...
  • Reply 16 of 16
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,295member
    nht said:
    nht said:
    blah64 said:
    Apparently Tim does not see China as a threat but as a very capable partner.   Smart.
    Very clearly, they are both.  And I'm quite sure he does understand this.
    Since, the threat part only came from Trump and his minions, I am not at all sure that they are a threat -- except economically.   They simply don't have our insecurity driving a desire to dominate and control.  Instead, their dominance derives from doing things better.  But some are threatened by that.  Tim is too smart for that stupidity and knows to leverage their considerable abilities to our advantage.
    Lol...the most insecure feeling major government is the PRC.  That’s even with the Brexit fiasco in progresss.

    There is a reason for tight control over media and thought in China...they fear another revolution.  The income disparity is high, the population aging and these are existential threats to the government if they cannot find a soft landing.
    They are growing at 2-3 times the rate of the U.S. -- while loaning us money to pay our bills and for Trump's TaxScam.
    So who is insecure?
    Who has the great firewall and censors any dissenting opinion?  Who fears religious freedom and free press?

    There’s your answer.  

    Trump and China are two sides of the same coin.  That Trump tries to discredit the press and demonize Muslims is based on that same inherent fear.  That and he’s just a world class grifter.

    Dunno why any American would be a apologist for a brutal communist regime but there are dumb shits everywhere and not just in trump country.
    I think you overestimate justice and freedom in the U.S. and underestimate it in China.  The 'Totalitarian' thing has been way oversold by the right while the 'Freedom' thing has been way oversold here.

    I came across an interesting passage in a biography of Einstein last night:   The incoming 1938 freshman class at Princeton where Einstein was working voted Hitler "greatest living person", Einstein came in #2.  With the exception of a few major swings here and there in the 20th century, Freedom in the U.S. mostly means freedom to be rich -- if you're lucky enough and good enough.   Otherwise...
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