Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) CEOs Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos, respectively, recently had played host to Lu Wei, the minister of China’s Cyberspace Administration. The visits to CEOs of the top tech giants in the U.S. by the Chinese internet regulator was reported in a post by China.com.cn, a government website.
Zuckerberg’s Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is officially blocked in China since 2009, and the social media tycoon is seen as deliberately stepping up efforts to win China’s nod of approval to officially enter the Chinese market. In October, Zuckerberg amazed Chinese audience when he answered questions from students in Mandarin, in a 30 minute question and answer portion connected with his appointment to the board of a university in Beijing. The Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CEO is revealed to also be reading Xi Jinping’s book, “The Governance of China”, and has told Lu that he bought copies of the book so that his colleagues at Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) will have an idea of “socialism with Chinese characteristics”.
The Chinese website post also included an image of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook elaborating to Lu a device resembling a wristwatch. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is currently developing a device called the iWatch. Lu Wei reportedly told Cook that Apple must ensure that its products adheres to high standards protecting users’ privacy as well as “national security”. Cook, according to the report, assured Lu that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products will not have backdoors and will protect users information. Recently, China has demanded that Apple fix a reported concern with its iOS software before the company was allowed to release its iPhone 6 in the Chinese market.
The report also included images of Lu conversing with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) CEO Jeffrey Bezos. The report has not given any details such as the exact date or agenda, regarding Lu’s meeting with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s CEO. A report by Bloomberg qouted Craig Berman, an Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) spokesman, as saying that he has no knowledge of the meeting either.
This article has been written by Nonito Guntan.