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Apple CEO Meets with One of China’s Top Dogs

It’s speculated Cook may want to own manufacturing or put research facilities there or talk to China Mobile

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China, the company's second-largest market, meeting with unnamed government officials as well as Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, who may be running the country next year.

The Chinese said they chatted about IP issues and greater cooperation. Seems China wants to enhance its "innovation capacity," nurture and develop "emerging strategic industries" and speed up "the building an innovative country."

Bloomberg says Apple in the last couple of days has been talking about "greater investment" in the country. The news service imagines that might mean catching up with its retail store plans. Apple's behind its own forecast. It's got two stores in Beijing, three in Shanghai and one in Hong Kong. It should have 25 according to a two-year-old plan. It could reportedly support 100.

It's speculated Cook may want to own manufacturing or put research facilities there or talk to China Mobile, the last big holdout, about the iPhone.

A Chinese appeals court is expected to decide soon whether it or Proview owns the iPad trademark in China.

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