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Apple CEO Tim Cook Praises China's Censored Internet

Apple CEO Tim Cook Praises China's Censored Internet

He added that the platform had brought in at least $16.

Cook, speaking at the Fortune Forum in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, also stressed that he believes strongly in freedoms, in comments after a US democratic senator's remarks on Tuesday that Apple had a moral obligation to promote free expression.

That figure is about 25 percent of the total earnings from the App Store (where the total revenue to date is about $70 billion).

The forum, organized by the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), oversees the regulation of all internet related activities, including censorship.

Cook's attendance is conspicuous at the conference, marking the first high-level executive to attend in the event's four-year history. However, on further review it found that the number was far greater than that.

Apple's made a number of compromises to accommodate China's strict regulatory body, and will likely make more to win over additional developers and consumers.

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These believe that the company has bowed to the pressure exerted by Beijing's cyber regulators which instructed the company to withdraw a number of apps from its Chinese App store earlier this year.

Apple is facing criticism from local users and rights groups for bowing to pressure from Beijing cyber regulators after it chose to remove hundreds of apps from its Chinese store this year, including messaging apps and virtual private network (VPN) services, which help users subvert China's Great Firewall.

On October 17, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote Cook about the removal in July of Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps from the Apple store.

China is the company's third-largest region by sales, though recently it has lost some market share to high-end handsets from local rivals.

Apple is showing signs of a comeback in China following six consecutive quarters of annual declines in iPhone shipments. iPhone shipments grew an estimated 40% YoY in Q3 2017 to reach 11 million units, up from 8 million in the year prior, according to estimates by Canalys.