Apple’s Cook meets with China regulator after the Hong Kong app

FILE PHOTO: Xiao Yaqing, the chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) has been living in a news conference on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China, March 9, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook has met with the head of the chinese authority in Beijing on Thursday the Chinese agency said, a week after the U.S. firm was thrust into the midst of the political tension between the mainland and the protests in Hong Kong.

Apple last week removed from the app store for an app that has helped Hong Kong’s protesters are to track police movements after a Chinese state newspaper, sharply criticized for permitting the software to you. The company said that the app, which is a it was to be the target of the police investigation.

The Cook had to defend the move, in the face of criticism of the referee from the mainland of China, and it is telling Apple employees that, “this decision is for the best to protect our users.”

China’s national Administration for the Regulation of the Market, it said in a statement on its web site that, in her head, Xiao Yaqing, and the Boiling issues, such as the Apple, and the expansion of investment in China, the rights of the consumer protections and the fulfilment of corporate social responsibility. It didn’t give you any more information.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

China is an important market for Apple. Apple’s smartphone market share dropped to 5.8% in the previous quarter and by 6.4% in the same period a year ago, according to research firm Canalys, China’s home-grown, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, was the dominant smartphone vendor.

The meeting also comes days before China is holding the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. The event is in the past, it has attracted overseas business leaders, foreign diplomats, and government officials.

It was not immediately clear when the Cook will be a member of this year’s conference. He was the last to be present at the event in 2017.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Ayslu Zhang; Written by Huizhong Wu; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Muralikumar Anantharaman

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