Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson, respectively CEO and vice president of environmental, political and social initiatives at Apple, attended a dinner at the White House in honor of the visit of the Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife, as informed by the Associated Press.
In addition to Apple executives, the Obama couple and the Chinese president and his wife, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO), Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO), Marc Benioff (Salesforce CEO), Bob Iger (Disney CEO) attended the dinner ), Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO of DreamWorks), among others.
During his visit, the Chinese president had already met with some US tech giants in Seattle, where he spoke on politics and participated in a roundtable to discuss economic and cybersecurity issues in a recent episode involving Chinese hacker actions. against the interests of the USA has caused concern for some companies, something that increases theories of corporate espionage and ends up making these conversations necessary because of the interest / concern of the governments involved.
Speaking of Apple, it is not new to anyone that the Chinese market is very important to her, so Cook (who has a lot of interest in politics) must not have missed the chance to chat a little with Jinping.
Last weekend, Cook also met with Narendra Modi (Indian Prime Minister) to talk a little bit about how the company could benefit the country's economy. According to Times of india, Modi launched the idea of Apple starting to manufacture some products on Indian soil, something that Cook was very positive.
They also talked a little about Apple Pay (which is currently only available in the US and the UK) and Cook was very interested in becoming a partner in Modi's Indian digital program, which aims to make government services available electronically (without in rural areas with high-speed internet and improve digital literacy.
Apparently Modi also met with executives from Microsoft, Google, Adobe, Cisco, Qualcomm and other technology companies.
(via AppleInsider: 1, 2)