App shenanigans: Apple boss Cook meets Chinese regulator after HK app criticism

App shenanigans: Apple boss Cook meets Chinese regulator after HK app criticism”

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Apple removed from the App Store after a barrage of criticism by Beijing, which is stepping up pressure on foreign companies deemed to be providing support to the pro-democracy movement in the semi-autonomous city.

China's State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website that its chief, Xiao Yaqing, and Cook discussed topics including Apple expanding investment in China, consumer rights protection and fulfilling corporate social responsibility.

Apple has not commented on the meeting as yet.

It said the HKMap app "has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement".

Cook defended Apple's decision to pull the app after Hong Kong officials presented "credible information" that protestors were using the app to commit violence against individuals and property.

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"Business is business, and politics is politics", the paper said, alleging that Apple was conjoining the two.

The bureau declined to comment on whether it has information that Chan allegedly planned the murder in Hong Kong before traveling with Poon to Taiwan past year and on whether it would prosecute Chan.

The heart of the senators' concerns comes down to this line: "The Chinese government is growing more aggressive in its attempts to dictate terms to US corporations. cases like these raise real concern about whether Apple and other large USA corporate entities will bow to growing Chinese demands rather than lose access to more than a billion Chinese consumers". The senators call Apple's removal of the app "censorship". "Does this mean Apple intended to be an accomplice to the rioters?"

What Cook didn't include in his statement was the fact that Apple manufactures most of its products in China, which also happens to be its third largest market, bringing in about $44 billion in sales in the year ended June 30.

Other worldwide brands have faced criticism in China over the tense summer of unrest in Hong Kong.

Apple's dependence on China for both manufacturing and a significant chunk of its sales is putting the company into an increasingly hard position.

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