Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spending some time in China this week, meeting with officials and even posing with fans at the company Xidan Joy City retail store. He also paid a visit to Foxconn’s new plant in Zhengzhou, where the company employs around 120,000 employs, some of whom are assembling Apple’s iPhone.
Carolyn Wu, a spokeswoman for Apple, confirmed Cook’s visit to the Foxconn plant in an email to Bloomberg:
The iPhone production line is at the new Foxconn Zhengzhou Technology Park, which employs 120,000 people, Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman, said in an e-mail today. She didn’t provide other details on Cook’s visit or say how much longer he’ll be in China after having held high-level talks in Beijing earlier this week.
Foxconn plants have been the subject of increasing scrutiny in recent months, following claims that workers are abused and mistreated, and forced to work long hours with little to no time off. Cook himself has defended the plants and the work Apple has put in to ensure that workers are treated fairly. He also called for an independent investigation from the Fair Labour Association.