Apple confident apps removed in China will be reinstated

Tim Cook says he 'shares China's cyberspace vision' at an event promoting the country's internet censorship

Apple's Tim Cook says developers have earned $17 billion from China App Store

While this order is hardly surprising, it does at least make the annual event even a bit more ironic, particularly considering that the theme of this year's conference was "Developing digital economy for openness and shared benefits - building a community of common future in cyberspace".

The report assessed global internet development from a number of factors including industry capacity and "governance", China's code word for restrictions.

Xi said that online developments were raising many new challenges to sovereignty and security, and China was "willing to work with the global community to respect cyberspace sovereignty and promote partnerships".

Since the regulation took effect this June, authorities have closed dozens of celebrity gossip blogs and issued new rules around online video content to eliminate programmes deemed offensive.

After AAPL removed several means of private communication from the Apple App Store in China, it received harsh criticism from speech rights groups.

App stores run by Apple and Google generate billions of dollars in revenue globally for them and China is a key target market as its users rely heavily on their phones for daily tasks.

Apple counts China as its third-largest region by sales but it has lost market share in recent years as high-end handsets from local rivals continue to gain traction.

China confirms that its digital economy accounts for almost a third of gross domestic product, according to a report unveiled in the eastern city of Wuzhen during the fourth World Internet Conference where it declared that Chinese cyberspace is "open" - but subject to controls for the greater good.

However, the company hopes it can regain back some momentum after the release of its iPhone 8 and iPhone X models which shipped in November, according to Reuters.

The firm said earlier it had moved its Chinese cloud data onto the servers of a local partner in the Chinese province of Guizhou. "Facebook and Google aren´t accessible in China behind the country´s Great Firewall, along with major Western news outlets and social media sites, while Apple is subject to strict censorship".

The conference was also addressed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Cook's attendance is conspicuous at the conference, marking the first high-level executive to attend in the event's four-year history.

According to the South China Morning Post, he said: 'A lot of work Google does is to help Chinese companies.

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