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Apple CEO Tim Cook has been appointed as the chairman of the advisory board of the Tsinghua University of economics, school of Beijing, according to the South China Morning Post and in Chinese language in the meeting summary noted by Apple Insider.
Cook, will, apparently, take on the role for a period of three years, and recently served as the chairman of the meeting, the South China Morning Post reports.
As the Post reports, Chinese officials have stepped up to serve on the board. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also served on the board in the past, the paper notes.
Still, the news comes at a time when there is widespread unrest in Hong Kong, as hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demand their political rights, and police accountability.
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Tim Cook, ceo of Apple computer, Inc., it is shown here. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Apple is facing a political uproar recently when it took down a crowdsourced map of Hong Kong, the police presence in the App Store — that had been used by pro-democracy protesters — after the company has received a lot of criticism in China’s state-controlled media.
On Friday, a group of lawmakers that included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-n.y., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., a letter was sent to the Cook to express their “deep concern” over Apple’s “censorship” of the app.”
“We urge you in the strongest terms, to reverse course,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter, “in order to show that the Apple will cross above the entrance to the market, as well as the brave men and women who are fighting for the fundamental rights and freedoms and the dignity of Hong Kong.”
The protesters set fire to a Xiaomi shop in Nathan road in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2019. Hong Kong protesters once again flooded the streets on Sunday, ignoring a police ban on the rally, and set up barricades in the middle of the tear gas and petrol bombs. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Cook reportedly met with China’s regulators, at the end of last week, defended the pull out of the app, in a letter to employees, wrote: “in the last couple of days, we received credible information from Hong Kong, cyber security and Technology, Bureau of Crime, as well as to customers in Hong Kong, the app will be used maliciously to target individual officials of violence and abuse of people and of goods where there is no police presence.”
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.