The Chinese have been downright rude to Apple lately and forbidden them to run their Apple music and other entertainment packages. Cook wants to tell them that being a government they have to do what Apple tells them – just like the American government does.
Cook is going to Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials. He often goes to China but things are starting to look a little dire for Apple behind the Bamboo curtain so these talks are a little more important.
The Chinese are no longer buying as many iPhones, and the outfit can’t even win a court case over the trademark for the Apple name. But the biggest deal is the suspension of some of its online entertainment services.
All this is making people think that Apple has run out of ideas and will no longer continue to make funny money by charging more for less. Last week, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn flogged his entire stake in Apple, citing China’s economic slowdown and worries about whether the government could make it very difficult for Apple to conduct business.
Cook plans to meet senior government and Communist Party leaders, including officials in charge of propaganda. It is not clear what he will tell them.
Under President Xi Jinping, China is also trying to shift away from its dependence on foreign technology, especially in critical sectors like banking and insurance. Foreign businesses have staunchly opposed new regulations that they say threaten to cut them out of such industries.
Apple’s refusal provide source code to help them crack open the iPhone that was linked to a mass shooting in San Bernardino has made the Chinese think the company might try the same antics with them. In China, Apple claims it has been asked by authorities in the last two years to hand over its source code but the company refused. If this is true then it is hard to see why Apple is still operating in China at all.