Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, reportedly stated on Saturday that the company has a “symbiotic” connection with China, despite the fact that the iPhone giant is looking to relocate production out of the nation.
During an interview about the importance of technology in education, Cook, who is now in China to participate in the prestigious China Development Forum, stated that “Apple and China evolved together.”
As a result of China’s zero-Covid policy, output at manufacturers had to be cut back, which negatively impacted Apple’s sales the previous year.
The company’s supply chain is also in danger as a result of export limits imposed by the United States on high-tech components.
Throughout his conversation, Cook refused to address any problems with the supply chain in question
Instead, he centered his attention on the allegedly crucial need to close the education gap that exists between urban and rural schools and urged young people to learn how to program.
Also, he promised that Apple will raise its expenditure on its rural education initiative in China to a total of 100 million yuan, which is equivalent to $15 million.
On Friday, Cook went to an Apple Store in the center of Beijing, and while he was there, he posed for a selfie with the Chinese singer Huang Ling, which has now become an internet sensation in China.
The tech giants deep business ties to China, and by extension to its oppressive Communist government have come under increasing strains as relations between the country and the United States have continued to fray in recent months.