Hong Kong drama: Tim Cook just had a sit-down with Chinese regulators

Hong Kong drama: Tim Cook just had a sit-down with Chinese regulators
Apple's CEO Tim Cook felt compelled to fly over to China and meet regulators over the controversy surrounding one inconspicuous map-pinner app yesterday. If you think that's bonkers, you don't know how touchy the Chinese have become over the Hong Kong matter, and how important of a market they are for American companies now.

China‚Äôs State Administration for Market Regulation issued out a memo detailing the encounter, saying that Tim Cook met with Xiao Yaqing, the chief of the administrative body, and they discussed Apple's consumer rights protection, corporate social responsibility and continuing investments in China.

In light of the veiled threats in the official People's Daily mouthpiece last week, this hastily arranged meeting sounds suspiciously like laying out some boundaries for Apple's presence in China.

The HKmap.live app that shows to Hong Kong protesters where there is large police presence or general altercations was removed, then reinstated, then removed again by Apple, much to the chagrin of its developers. The browser version is active, though, it's just not available in an app package now. 

Apple is in a complex relationship with China, and the fact that the CEO of the world's most profitable company had to fly half the globe to meet with local regulators, is pretty telling. While the White House has postponed the tariff hammer over China-made goods, it can fall any time, and Apple's products may become more expensive as a result, so the CEO has to tread lightly around the topic, and so far Tim Cook has been doing it successfully.

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6 Comments

1. Gryffin

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

is he there to bow down to his master (winnie the pooh)?

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well from that Pooh thing, now China banned South Park. Oh, well their loss. It's just like China made Apple add into their iPhones code to send to China's conglomerate Tencent. Otherwise Apple probably wouldn't be allowed to sell iPhones in China. So basically Tim is over their to kiss @$$, and bend over and say to China. Yes Sir, Yes Sir. Three bags full Sir. Toby be good now boss.

2. superguy

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Maybe he should have take Mao LeBron with him.

4. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 185; Member since: May 29, 2019

Take the rest of California with you too please, the US will be better off.

6. tbreezy

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Lol, probably not, but nice try. :)

7. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Look at that privacy flag bearer...hypocrite!

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