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Apple boss Tim Cook met Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang during his visit to the People’s Republic this week and reportedly managed to come away with a commitment from the future prime minister to strengthen intellectual property protection for it and other firms in the country. News broke earlier this week that Cook was in China …

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Anonymous Coward

if they sort

out these issues at Foxconn what will be left for the media to point the finger at....

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Re: if they sort

@AC: "what will be left for the media to point the finger at..."

Don't worry, the media can make a mountain out of any molehill. Some genius will probably discover Apple products consume electricity and blame the company for single-handedly destroying the environment. Or Consumer Reports will discover that playing games or watching movies depletes the batteries faster. There's scandals everywhere you look.

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All of the western world can hope, beg, cajole and threaten to its heart's content but other than diplomatic assurances intended at not embarassing their guests nothing at all will come out of it.

The Chinese (esp. Chinese officialdom) are very very polite in Victorian antiquated sort of way. Avoiding embarassment and showing respect is paramount. But at the same time there's a ruthless, single-minded hyperfocus on their interests.

So while they consider it obligatory to make "all the right noises" they won't budge. Unless, their own companies (Huawei etc.) indicate that such IP respect/enforcement is now to their advantage.

They're quiet and polite; not gullible or stupid.

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Anonymous Coward

> managed to come away with a commitment from the future prime minister

"I have in my hand a piece pf paper signed by..."

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Seriously?

"the world’s richest shiny toymaker"

Please, this isn't the Inquirer

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