Wow. Looks like Apple CEO Tim Cook is here to do some serious networking on his first trip to China. On Tuesday, Cook met with Li Keqiang, the man widely believed to be the next Prime Minister of China after Wen Jiabao finishes his term.
The two gentlemen discussed “intellectual-property issues and greater cooperation”, according to Chinese state media. Loretta Chao of the Wall Street Journal notes that the meeting which took place at Zhongnanhai is a “setting that senior Chinese officials often use for visiting foreign dignitaries” and adds:
State media reports of the visit didn’t mention the legal battle, though it said intellectual-property rights were discussed. Mr. Li also cited China’s efforts to create a more consumer-oriented economy and improve its technological development. “To be more open to the outside is a condition for China to transform its economic development, expand domestic demands and conduct technological innovation,” he said, according to the state-run Xinhua news service.
An Apple spokeswoman declined to provide more details on the meeting.
In a potential nod to some of Apple’s hitches in China, Mr. Li said multinational companies should pay more attention to caring for workers, among other matters.