The authors of the text claim that Tim Cook personally entered into a five-year agreement during personal visits to China in 2016. Several Apple executives reportedly pushed for closer cooperation with the Chinese government. They were worried about poor publicity in China and poor relations with officials.
Cook intended to use the agreement to gain some freedom from Chinese regulators. In May 2016, Cook announced that Apple was investing $ 1 billion in Chinese startup Didi Chuxing in an effort to please the authorities. As a result, the company gained expanded access to the Chinese market.
Under the agreement, Apple is obliged to help Chinese manufacturers develop “the most advanced manufacturing technologies,” “support the training of highly qualified Chinese specialists,” use more components from Chinese suppliers, sign deals with Chinese software manufacturers, collaborate with researchers, and invest directly in Chinese technology companies. If there is no objection from either side, the deal will automatically be extended for another year until May 2022.