Friday 15 November 2019

Apple boss takes role at Chinese college

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

Huizhong Wu and Josh Horwitz

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named chairman of the business school advisory board at an elite Chinese university attended by senior politicians in the country.

The announcement from Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management (SEM) on Saturday did not specify when Mr Cook had assumed the role.

Apple declined to comment on the announcement.

Chinese president Xi Jinping is among the top politicians who attended Tsinghua - which is sometimes dubbed 'China's Harvard' - as an undergraduate.

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The advisory board to Tsinghua's SEM school includes the head of the school, businessmen and senior government officials.

Mr Cook met with the head of China's market regulator last week, which came a week after Apple was caught in the middle of ongoing political tensions between the mainland and protesters in Hong Kong.

The US technology giant took the decision to pull the app from its App Store. The app is said to reveal the location of police in Hong Kong, which has been subject to violent protests.


Irish Independent

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