Apple chief meets officials in China

March 27, 2012
Apple's new chief executive Tim Cook, pictured on March 7, has held talks with officials in China, the US tech giant said Tuesday, the workshop of its products but where its operations have faced difficulties.

Apple's new chief executive Tim Cook has held talks with officials in China, the US tech giant said Tuesday, the workshop of its products but where its operations have faced difficulties.

Cook's visit to China, his first since taking over at Apple after the death of co-founder in October, reflects the importance attached to the massive Chinese market by the firm, a company spokeswoman said.

But it also comes after Apple's operations in China have faced difficulties, such as recent copyright battles and worker suicides at a major supplier.

Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu, speaking from Beijing, confirmed Cook, who is currently in China, had discussions with government officials.

"China is very important to us and we look forward to even greater investments," she said.

She declined to give further details on the nature of the talks or Cook's trip, which comes after recent difficulties for the firm.

Earlier this month, a group of Chinese writers, who accuse Apple's online store of selling pirated copies of their books, said they were seeking $8 million in compensation from the US firm, according to the official .

A local computer firm called Proview Technology (Shenzhen) has also filed lawsuits against Apple claiming it owns the Chinese rights for the "iPad" trademark.

Lawyers for the said they were seeking to prevent Apple from shipping the iconic into and out of China, and are threatening to sue the US firm in the United States for $2 billion.

Apple has also had to fend off allegations by labour watchdog groups that employed by key supplier Foxconn of Taiwan were operating in harsh factory conditions at the company's plants in China.

A string of workers have died in apparent suicides at Foxconn plants, with activists blaming the tough conditions.

However, the gadget maker, based in Cupertino, California, remains wildly popular in China and its iconic products such as the iPhone and iPad are coveted by wealthy Chinese consumers.

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