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Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang guarantees IPR protection to Apple CEO

March 29, 2012 - Beijing

Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang met Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday in Beijing, and assured him that both Chinese and foreign companies will be treated fairly under rules meant to protect intellectual property rights.

Apple is currently involved in a trademark dispute, and is trying to curtail the smuggling of its popular products.

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

Li also invited international companies such as Apple, to work with China's local partners, and to focus more into China's central and western regions.ook said Apple will work more closely with China in every possible way, and will operate in accordance with the law and in good faith.

"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," she added.

This was Cook's first visit to China, since he took over the top executive position at Apple from co-founder Steve Jobs.


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