The Wall Street Journal: Apple CEO Tim Cook visits China, hopes to boost goodwill

BEIJING — For Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook, the demands from China are growing and his bargaining chips are dwindling.

Beijing is pushing Western technology companies like Apple AAPL, -0.15% to meet increasingly stringent regulations for data storage and information sharing, while declining iPhone production means the U.S. tech giant’s suppliers and contract manufacturers aren’t the employment drivers they used to be.

With Apple’s sales tumbling, the Chinese government’s support waning and a new iPhone coming out, Cook is on a goodwill mission: meeting with government officials, touring Chinese Apple stores and speaking with local residents. Cook pledged to increase investment in China in a meeting with Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing on Tuesday.

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