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Vice-Premier Li vows level playing field

By He Wei (China Daily)

09:27, March 29, 2012

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang meets Apple CEO Tim Cook in Beijing on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Apple CEO hears country's plans to protect foreign, domestic firms' property rights

The CEO of Apple Inc has won a guarantee about intellectual property rights from the Chinese government at a time when the company is embroiled in a trademark dispute and is trying to curb the smuggling of its popular products.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, met Vice-Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Tuesday. During their discussion, Li said China is trying to ensure that both Chinese and foreign companies are treated fairly under rules meant to protect intellectual property rights. He was optimistic about the prospects of the country's high-tech industry.

"The global economic recovery needs the impetus of new technologies and emerging industries," Li was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency. "The government will make the most of the development of science and technology to uphold innovation capabilities."

He called for international companies such as Apple to work with local partners and to move into China's central and western regions.

Cook said Apple will work more closely with China in every possible way and will operate in accordance with the law and in good faith.

Also at the meeting was Guo Gengmao, governor of Henan province. Henan has a plant operated by Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwan company that assembles Apple's popular iPhone and iPad products.

"Tim had a great meeting with Vice-Premier Li and other top officials in Beijing," said Huang Yuna, Apple spokeswoman.

"China is very important to us and we look forward to even greater investment and growth there."

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