Tim Cook meets with president of China


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Tim Cook during one of his last visits to Asia.
Photo: Tim Cook/Weibo

Apple CEO Tim Cook along with Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg met with Chinese President Xi Jinping today as Apple prepares to launch the iPhone X in the country this week.

The two tech CEOs were on hand at the annual gathering of advisers to Beijing’s Tsinghua University business school, where Xi spoke to business leaders and other officials.

Apple declined to comment on Reuters’ report that Cook and Xi met during the event. Cook is currently traveling in Asia, though he’s been unusually quiet on his Twitter account this week — especially considering there’s a new iPhone launch to hype.

The iPhone X launches in China and the U.S. this Friday. Apple hopes the device will reignite sales in China after seeing growth become sluggish in the country recently.

During his visit to the Tsinghua business school, Cook also likely got a look at some tech startups created by students. Zuckerberg posted a message on his Facebook profile raving about the event

“Every year this trip is a great way to keep up with the pace of innovation and entrepreneurship in China. Today I got to meet with students working on AI startups that compose music from scratch, diagnose diseases using sensors on your body, and more.”