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Apple CEO Tim Cook meets Chinese controller after Hong Kong application analysis

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The CEO of Apple has met with the top market controller in China, an announcement said Friday, seven days after the tech mammoth confronted substantial analysis over an application Beijing blamed for supporting Hong Kong protesters.

Apple expelled HKmap.live from the App Store after a torrent of analysis by Beijing, which is stepping up pressure on foreign organizations esteemed to offer help to the pro-democracy movement in the semi-autonomous city.

Chinese state media said the application permitted protesters in Hong Kong to track police – yet the transition to pull back it provoked allegations the firm was putting business interests above human rights.

As per an announcement on the website of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation, Tim Cook met with Xiao Yaqing, the director-general of the State Administration for Market Regulation, on Thursday in Beijing.

“The two sides had in-depth exchanges on a wide range of topics including expanding investment and business development in China, protecting consumer rights and interests, and fulfilling corporate social responsibility,” the statement said.

Communist Party mouthpiece The People’s Daily said a week ago in an opinion piece that by stocking the application, Apple was “mixing business with politics, and even illegal acts.”

“Apple’s approval for the app obviously helps rioters,” the article said. “Does this mean Apple intended to be an accomplice to the rioters?”

Cook a week ago defended the decision to evacuate the application in an email to Apple representatives shared online, saying they got “credible information” that the application was being utilized “maliciously to target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property.”

The producers of HKmap.live lashed out at Apple’s expulsion as “censorship” and “clearly a political decision to suppress freedom.”

Other international brands have confronted analysis in China over the strained summer of unrest in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific, jewelry brand Tiffany, and the National Basketball Association all met with censure for seeming to help the fights.

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