Rubio Blasts Apple’s Tim Cook for Bowing to Communist China for a Quick Buck Rubio Blasts Apple’s Tim Cook for Bowing to Communist China for a Quick Buck – NTK Network

Rubio Blasts Apple’s Tim Cook for Bowing to Communist China for a Quick Buck

"So again, here’s an example of a company, in my view, so desperate to have access to the Chinese marketplace that they are willing to follow the laws of that country," Rubio said on Wednesday.

By NTK Staff | 12.13.2017 @1:23pm

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted Apple CEO Tim Cook for his recent remarks at the World Internet Conference in China for what Rubio saw as kowtowing to the Chinese authorities.

Cook said that Apple shared China’s cyberspace vision during his surprise keynote address at the conference last week.

These remarks drew considerable backlash from critics because of China’s efforts to limit free speech by instituting it’s so-called “Great Firewall” that prohibits Chinese citizens from accessing the full internet. Weeks earlier, Apple removed more than 600 VPN apps from its Chinese App Store at the behest of Chinese authorities.

“The most confusing part of it all is that Apple CEO Tim Cook stood up at that conference, and he celebrated China’s vision of an open internet,” Rubio said on Wednesday.

“The most ironic part about it is that in a written response to questions to our colleagues, Senator Leahy and Senator Cruz, back in June, earlier this year…Apple admitted that it had removed 674 VPN apps from its App Store in China.”

“These are tools that allow users, of course, to circumvent censorship by routing traffic through other countries and to comply with … local law,” Rubio continued.

“So again, here’s an example of a company, in my view, so desperate to have access to the Chinese marketplace that they are willing to follow the laws of that country even if those laws run counter to what those companies’ own standards are supposed to be,” Rubio concluded. “[This is]…how some of these individuals like to come here and lecture us about free speech and human rights and domestic problems, then go abroad and are fully cooperative on some grotesque violation of human rights because there’s a lot of money to be made.”

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