Tim Cook He has praised the “symbiotic” relationship between Apple and China, despite rising political and trade tensions between the Beijing government and the United States. Tim Cook’s new words come while Apple has been trying to distance itself from the Chinese market over time and move part of the production line to India and other countries.
This is the first time that Tim Cook has traveled to China since the beginning of the corona virus epidemic. The CEO of Apple says that the company under his management is celebrating its 30th anniversary in this country this year. Now the majority iPhones used by people all over the world are made in factories in China.
According to Financial TimesSpeaking at the China Development Forum, Tim Cook said that he and his team members at Apple are very excited about the opportunity that has been provided to them. The China Development Forum is a substitute for the World Economic Forum (Davos meeting). Tim Cook said: “Apple and China have grown together, and it’s been kind of a symbiotic relationship.”
Three years after the strict policies of the government Xi Jinping To fight the corona virus, we are now witnessing the holding of the China Development Forum in person. In addition to Tim Cook, several other senior American managers also attended this forum.
Chinese users often have a positive view of the Apple brand and buy a significant number of iPhones every year. China is one of Apple’s biggest markets. Chinese state media widely covered Tim Cook’s trip to Beijing, and the CEO of Apple visited one of Apple’s in-person stores during a part of his trip and was welcomed by the people there.
Tim Cook’s visit to Beijing comes as 2022 was one of the most difficult years for Apple in China. The zero-covid policy, which was accompanied by extensive shutdowns, gave a big blow to iPhone production in the final quarter of last year. After 3.5 years, Apple’s quarterly revenue fell in the final quarter of 2022.
Despite Tim Cook’s welcome in China, a number of users on Weibo (the Chinese version of Twitter) criticized America’s policies towards Chinese companies and even questioned Tim Cook’s warm welcome. At the same time as Cook was in Beijing, the American lawmakers questioned the Tik Tok CEO, who appeared in Congress, with tough questions. Tik Tok is facing the threat of being blocked in the United States.
“We have a very large supply chain operation in China, and of course we’ve opened a brick-and-mortar store in the country,” Tim Cook said at the China Development Forum. Tim Cook went on to say that Apple has millions of iOS developers in China.