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Apple CEO Cook Makes Second China Visit as Stores Almost Double

Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 10:24 AM

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook made his second visit to China in less than 10 months, after almost doubling retail outlets in the nation.

Cook met Miao Wei, head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, to talk about the development of China’s information technology industry, global mobile communications and Apple’s business in China, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

The Apple chief had visited China in March and pledged “greater investment” in the world’s largest market for computers and mobile phones. Since then, the Cupertino, California-based company has almost doubled its number of stores in China and Hong Kong to 11, from six at the time of Cook’s last visit.

Apple opened its first store in Beijing’s Sanlitun district in 2008. It now has three shops each in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as one each in Chengdu and Shenzhen.

Carolyn Wu, spokeswoman for Apple, said today no other details were available on Cook’s meeting with Miao. Wu said she had no information on how long Cook will be in China, or whom else he will meet.

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