Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is appointed the chairman of the advisory board for Tsinghua University’s economics school in Beijing, based on the South China Morning Post and a Chinese-language meeting summary noted by Apple Insider.
Cook apparently will assume the position for a 3-year term and recently served as chairman for a meeting, based on reports.
Because the Post added, Chinese government officials and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have served on the board up to now.
Still, the information came at a time of widespread unrest in Hong Kong, as hundreds of thousands of protesters have brought to the streets to demand political rights and police accountability.
Apple faced a bipartisan uproar recently when it took down a crowdsourced map of Hong Kong police presence from the App Store, an app that pro-democracy protesters had used after Chinese state media criticized the company.
On Friday, a group of lawmakers, together with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, sent a letter to Cook to express their “strong concern” about Apple’s “censorship of apps.”
“We urge you within the strongest terms to reverse course,” the lawmakers wrote within the letter, “to reveal that Apple puts values above market access, and to face with the courageous men and women fighting for fundamental rights and dignity in Hong Kong.”
Cook, who reportedly met with Chinese regulators late last week, defended pulling the app in a letter to workers, writing: “Over the past several days we received credible data, from the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau, in addition to from users in Hong Kong, that the app was being used maliciously to focus on individual officers for violence and to victimize people and property where no police are present.”