According to recent reports, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, made secret agreements with the Chinese Communist government some years ago for the sum of $275 billion. The deal involved giving direct assistance to China’s tech and economic industries to bolster their communist regime and train communist workers.
A report from The Information laid out how Apple’s iPhone recently took the number 1 spot for smartphone sales in the country, making it their second largest market following the U.S. This is a record moment for Apple who has been chasing the accomplishment for six years. The article states that much of the company’s overseas success can be tied to Cook’s agreement to supply the Chinese government with technological prowess.
The previously unreported agreement was apparently struck during a series of visits he made to the country in 2016 while he was quashing a sudden amount of regulatory pressure from the CCP, according to internal Apple documents that the paper acquired.
This isn’t Cook’s last rodeo in playing with major political figures. It was reported last June that Cook contacted Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to plead against Congress’ efforts to launch regulation against Big Tech firms.
Cook complained that the regulation could harm his highly lucrative iPhone sales, harm innovation, and whined loudly that the antitrust bills would harm his company. Cook was, at the time, one of many tech industry leaders that pushed back against legislators on Capitol hill.
In 2019, cook told Norah O’Donnell of CBS news that Apple wasn’t a monopoly. He also argued at a Worldwide Developers Conference that Apple hasn’t become too large, saying that Apple’s share of the market is “modest.” He claimed that since the company’s smartphone sales count in the “high 30s” for market share and “lower than that” for PC’s that his company isn’t a monopoly.
When O’Donnell pressed Cook about Apple users’ privacy concerns, he said that they are trying to focus on the user, but added that its difficult to maintain an individual’s un-surveilled privacy when they “go across numerous properties on the web.”
Author: Rhonda Stevenson