“Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook and China Mobile Ltd. Chairman Xi Guohua discussed cooperation at a meeting Thursday, raising hopes that the world’s largest mobile carrier would soon begin offering iPhones to its millions of subscribers,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“China Mobile confirmed the meeting took place at the company’s Beijing headquarters during Cook’s visit to China, the Apple chief’s second trip to the country in less than year,” Luk reports. “But it declined to disclose details of the discussions, citing a confidentiality agreement. Apple’s Beijing spokeswoman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.”

Luk reports, “Gaining access to China Mobile’s more than 700 million subscribers would be a major step forward in Apple’s efforts to expand in China, the world’s largest smartphone market… China Unicom first started offering the iPhone in China in 2009. In November last year, China approved the iPhone 5 for launch on China Telecom and China Unicom’s networks.”

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