Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang this week to discuss intellectual property issues and greater cooperation, according to the WSJ.
In its evening news broadcast on Wednesday, state-run China Central Television showed Mr. Li meeting with Mr. Cook at Zhongnanhai, the closely guarded compound here that houses China's top leaders. It is a setting that senior Chinese officials often use for visiting foreign dignitaries and projects an image of growing ties between the gadget maker and the country that makes-and, increasingly, buys-its products. Mr. Li, currently China's vice premier, is expected to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao next year as part of a broad once-a-decade leadership change.
"To be more open to the outside is a condition for China to transform its economic development, expand domestic demands and conduct technological innovation," said Mr. Li.
The Xinhua news service reported that Mr. Cook said Apple will strengthen cooperation with China and act in a "law-abiding and honest manner."
Apple currently awaits a decision from a Chinese high court in Guangdong province on it's battle with Proview over the iPad trademark. On January 5th, the company filed an appeal with the high court, after losing its claim to the trademark in the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court.