Tim Cook is visiting China for the second time. Although the details of Cook’s visit, according to Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu, are not available (whatever that means), Reuters is reporting that the Apple CEO has meet with China Mobile Chairman, Xi Guohua, on Thursday to talk about “matters of cooperation.” In an email statement, China Mobile spokesman Li Jun wrote, “In the morning, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook visited China Mobile’s headquarters. China Mobile’s Chairman Xi Guohua and Tim Cook discussed matters of cooperation.” It is important to note that Apple has yet to strike a deal with China Mobile, considered as the largest mobile carrier in the world in terms of subscribers – roughly around 700 million.
Currently, Apple has China Unicom and China Telecom on its side. Inking a deal with China Mobile will give Apple a boost in sales. Tim Cook also told reporters that he is confident that China will soon become Apple’s largest market. “Currently, Apple has 11 stores in the Greater China region, as well as many resellers. We will continue to expand in China and the number of retail stores we’ll have will exceed 25,” Cook said. The CEO to one of the world’s biggest and most successful tech companies also met with government officials and China’s Minister for Industry and Information Technology.
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