Tim Cook has called his recent discussions with Chinese officials on privacy and security “very open.” The comments by the Apple CEO came during an interview with the official Xinhua news agency, and were his first since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing earlier this week.
Acknowledging that China “is a really key market for us,” Cook explained that “everything we do, we are going to work it here. Apple Pay is on the top of the list.”
Cook’s visit to China came just days after Web censorship blog Great Fire accused government officials of using a man-in-the-middle attack to get Apple ID information from Chinese users.
China has refuted the allegations, and the Xinhua interview made no mention of the attack.
The Apple CEO is on a four day visit to China, which has included a tour of a Foxconn iPhone 6 factory in Zhengzhou, and a meeting of the advisory board of Tsinghua Universal School of Economics and Management.
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