“This is at least the CEO’s second trip to the country in four months,” Carsten reports. “Apple’s new research and development center will be built by the end of the year, Cook told Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, one of China’s most senior officials, according to the official Chinese state broadcaster. The pledge comes after the head of China’s industry and technology regulator in May told Cook he hoped Apple could deepen its cooperation with the country in research and development and stressed information security.”
Carsten reports, “Before Cook’s charm offensive in Beijing in May, Apple announced a $1 billion deal with ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing, a move many experts saw as an attempt to curry favor with Beijing.”
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MacDailyNews Take: More pay-to-play on the way? If so, hopefully it’ll be at least as good of an investment as the one Apple made in Didi.