China govt cyber-sec talks ‘very open’: Apple’s Cook
Indicates productive high-level meeting amid claims of government-backed iCloud hack
Apple boss Tim Cook on Friday described talks with a senior Chinese government official as "very open" on the topics of cyber security and privacy, Reuters reported, citing state-backed media agency Xinhua.
Cook's interview with the agency occurred within days of China-based Web-monitoring group Greatfire.org's claims that Beijing was behind a recent infiltration of Apple's iCloud service within Chinese borders.
Apple has previously said it was aware of the attacks on its infrastructure in China, but the Xinhua report made no allusion to the accusations levelled at Beijing. The Chinese government continues to strongly deny involvement in the iCloud intrusion.
Cook told Xinhua that Apple is eagerly pushing ahead with plans to launch mobile payment service Apple Pay in China.
"China is a really key market for us," he said. "Everything we do, we are going to work it here. Apple Pay is on the top of the list."