February 23, 2018
Latest News

Apple optimistic that apps banned in China will return

 Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, speaks during the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, Dec. 6, 2017. EPA-EFE/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, speaks during the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, Dec. 6, 2017. EPA-EFE/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI

Beijing, Dec 6 (efe-epa).- The CEO of Apple on Wednesday said he was confident that mobile applications censored in China, including Skype and other similar calling apps, would eventually be unblocked.

Speaking at the Fortune Global Forum, which kicked off Wednesday in Guangzhou in China, Tim Cook expressed his "optimism" about the opening-up of China, which he said had changed a lot in the last 25 years.

After being asked about the ways in which the United States tech giant deals with censorship in China, the world's biggest market, Cook declared that he believed "strongly in freedoms" and that it was important to "get in the arena because nothing ever changes from the sidelines."

However, the CEO said that when a company decides to enter a country and participate in its market, it is "subject to the laws and regulations of that country."

In November, popular communications application Skype and other similar calling apps were removed from Apple's app store in China and other platforms due to an order by the government blocking their use.

The more than 700 million internet users in China fear that the internet censorship campaign by the Chinese authorities may also affect virtual private network (VPN) programs, used to access censored content in the country.

Far from criticizing the world's second largest economy, Cook praised China's efforts in eradicating poverty as well as its manufacturing capabilities and innovation.

Cook also denied that companies come to China to operate due to its low labor costs, saying it is the workforce's high skill levels which attract foreign investment.

News history
China regulator takes over Waldorf Astoria owner Anbang Insurance

Beijing, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- China's insurance regulator announced Friday it will take control of Anbang Insurance, one of the country's main insurers in the...

Japan's CPI rises 0.9 percent in January for 13th consecutive month

Tokyo, Feb 23 (EFE).- Japan's consumer price index rose 0.9 percent in January year-on-year, the 13th straight increase, due in large part to higher energy...

Colombian coffee region invests $6.9 mn to boost tourism

Bogota, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Colombia's main coffee-growing region, the central province of Risaralda, has invested close to 20 billion pesos ($6.9 million)...

China rules out possibilty of arson in Jokhang temple fire

Beijing, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- An investigation into a fire at Lhasa's Jokhang Temple, one of the most renowned temples in Tibetan Buddhism, has ruled out...

OPEC crude basket declines to $62.50

Vienna, Feb 22 (EFE).- The basket of crude oil used as a benchmark indicator by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries fell to $62.50, the OPEC...

Japan detected 669 cases of money laundering via cryptocurrencies in 2017

Tokyo, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Japan's digital currency exchanges detected 669 cases of money laundering via cryptocurrencies between April and December 2017,...

AI robot Sophia to make LatAm debut in Mexico

Mexico City, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Sophia, a robot equipped with artificial intelligence that enables it to respond to questions, will make her Latin American...

Colombian teachers mount 1-day strike

Bogota, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Thousands of Colombian public school teachers launched a 24-hour national walkout on Wednesday demanding that the government...

Mercosur, EU resume trade-deal discussions in Paraguay

Asuncion, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Representatives from South America's Mercosur bloc and the European Union began a new round of free-trade negotiations here...

Air France warns of possible flight disruptions due to planned strike

Paris, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- France's national carrier asked its clients on Wednesday to prepare for some disruption to its services due to planned industrial...

Eurogroup's Centeno backs ECB choice of Spain's De Guindos on track record

Brussels, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- The president of the Eurogroup defended Wednesday the appointment of Spain's economy minister as vice president of the European...

Greenpeace urges Shell to accept its role in climate disasters

Manila, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Dozens of Greenpeace activists on Wednesday entered a Shell refinery in the Philippines to demand the company cooperate with an...

396 Repatriated Filipino workers arrive home from Kuwait

Manila, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of Filipinos landed at Manila's international airport Wednesday after being repatriated from Kuwait where they had been...

OPEC crude basket declines to $62.81

Vienna, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- The basket of crude oil used as a benchmark indicator by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries fell to $62.81, the...

Australia rejects ex-PM's call to cut annual immigration intake

Sydney, Australia, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Australia's treasurer on Wednesday defended the annual permanent immigration intake in the country following a...

South Korea, Central American nations sign free trade agreement

Seoul, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- South Korea Wednesday signed a free trade deal with Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica, the Asian country's...

Make transactions with cryptocurrencies, Maduro orders state entities

Caracas, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- The president of Venezuela on Tuesday issued an order to the state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to conduct...

Home Depot's profit rises 8.5 pct. to $8.63 bn in 2017

New York, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the world, said Tuesday that it posted net income of $8.63 billion in...

Spanish government calls for common sense: 5G phone technology no health risk

Segovia, 20 Feb (epa-efe).- The next generation of cellphone technology, labeled G5, is set to offer greater problem-solving capacity as well as major...

Where to look for HSBC's next big move

London, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- HSBC marked a handover of power at the top with a moment of silence, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires made...

French study finds pesticides in 72 percent of fruits, 41 percent vegetables

Paris, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- According to a study released Tuesday by a French environmental organization that cites official figures, traces of pesticides...

Japan plans to build world's tallest wooden skyscraper by 2041

Tokyo, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- A Japanese company is planning to build a 350 meter (1,148 feet) high wooden skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041, making it the world's...

OPEC crude basket rises to $62.89

Vienna, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- The basket of crude oil used as a benchmark indicator by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries increased to $62.89,...

Toyota to build R&D center in Japan to push environmentally friendly vehicles

Tokyo, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor is to open a new research and development (R&D) hub in Japan to accelerate the development of...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.