Apple's relationship with China has been tightening in recent weeks: first, Apple has resolved position itself in line with Beijing in the controversy of the applications used by the protesters of Hong Kong. Then Tim Cook met with the head of the country's state asset regulator to discuss various subjects. Now the CEO has one more role there in Wall Country.
Tsinghua University, considered the second most important in China, announced today (via ETNews) Cook as new chairman of the board of advisors at his School of Economics and Management. Last Friday (18/10), the Apple CEO was at the institution to present the 20th annual committee meeting, with 35 board members present.
Replacing former chairman Jim Breyer (CEO and founder of Breyer Capital), Cook said he plans to work with board members to “promote the institution's development” over the next three years, the term of office.
Cook has been part of the group since 2013, and several other executives have served on Tsinghua University school boards – such as GM CEO Mary Barra, Dell CEO Michael Dell, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Still, the timing of the announcement will certainly raise a few eyebrows, given the recent controversies Apple has been involved in China and the perceived (and Cook's) alignment with the Chinese government.
Was it the right time to accept the invitation or is Apple playing with fire? Let's check the next chapters of this story.
via Cult of Mac