Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at Beijing’s Tsinghua University

Facebook confirmed Zuckerberg was in Beijng, but declined to comment on details of his visit.

Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook and Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg met Chinese President Xi Jinping on 30 October at an annual gathering of advisers to Beijing’s Tsinghua University business school.

Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at Beijing’s Tsinghua University

Apple CEO, Tim Cook. Reuters.

Xi was speaking to business leaders and officials at the meeting, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported. Cook and Zuckerberg are on the advisory board of the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management.

The meeting comes at a particularly key time for Apple as it prepares to launch its much-anticipated iPhone X on 27 October, amid hopes the anniversary smartphone can revive the firm’s sales in the world’s number two economy.

Tsinghua’s business school, founded in 1984, has seen scores of top Chinese and foreign industry leaders sit on its board, including Chinese central banker Zhou Xiaochuan and Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg has also been very active in China, eager to get his popular social network unblocked in the world’s most populous nation, where it has been banned since 2009 and held behind the country’s so-called Great Firewall.

An Apple spokeswoman said the firm couldn’t “comment on Tim’s schedule and or meetings”. Facebook confirmed Zuckerberg was in Beijng, but declined to comment on details of his visit.

In a post on his Facebook page on 28 October, Zuckerberg wrote he was in Beijing for the annual meeting. “Every year this trip is a great way to keep up with the pace of innovation and entrepreneurship in China,” he said.

However, according to a report by the Bloomberg, the Chinese president has shown keenness on working with the US. China has, reportedly, increased its pledges to bring more foreign companies within its economy. This can indicate a move by China to loosen its restrictions for overseas companies to do business.

With inputs from Reuters 

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