Apple CEO Praises China's Innovation, Long History of Cooperation on Beijing Visit

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SHANGHAI, (Reuters) - Apple CEO Tim Cook made his first public comments on Saturday during his trip to China. He praised China for its innovation and long-standing ties to the U.S. iPhone maker.

According to local media reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook made his first public comments in China in recent times to praise China for its innovation and long-standing ties with the U.S. iPhone maker.

Cook is visiting Beijing to attend China Development Forum. This government-organized event will be held again after China lifted its COVID controls in late 2013.

Cook is not the only one attending. Other senior government officials and CEOs from firms like Pfizer or BHP are also present.

Cook stated that "Innovation in China is rapidly developing and I believe it'll accelerate further," The Paper reported.

He visits at a time when tensions are rising between Beijing and Washington. Apple has been trying to reduce its dependence on China in its supply chain and move production to emerging centres like India.

After China's zero COVID policies fueled worker unrest, last year saw production at Foxconn's largest iPhone plant in the world severely disrupted.

Cook also visited an Apple Store Beijing on Friday. Pictures of the visit went viral on Chinese social networks.

Cook spoke about education and the need to teach programming skills to young people. He also announced that Apple will increase its spending on rural education to 100 million Yuan. Local media reports stated that this was a major announcement by Cook.