Few American CEOs have kowtowed to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as much as Apple’s Tim Cook. But Cook’s bet on China, often at considerable reputational risk for him and his company, got a harsh reality check after Beijing recently banned state employees from using foreign-branded smartphones, including the iPhone.
For years, the CCP welcomed Apple because the company brought badly needed technical know-how, investment, and hundreds of thousands of jobs to China. The party rolled out the red carpet for Cook. He was often received by the CCP’s top leadership and frequently spoke at Chinese government-sponsored conferences, where he lavishly sang Beijing’s praises.
Clearly, Cook has tried to be on the CCP’s good side due to China’s critical role in Apple’s bottom line. According to Reuters,