Unit to focus on developing computers, software, audio and video devices for firm’s customers in nation and internationally
The country’s top internet companies are looking at airports in a bid to provide Chinese outbound travelers with more electronic wallet services.
International airports have become the new battlefield for the country’s top internet companies as they gear up for overseas expansion by providing Chinese outbound travelers with more e-wallet services.
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In May, Apple pumped $1 billion into Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing platform.
During his latest visits to Beijing, Tim Cook also held extensive meetings with app developers, highlighting the firm’s recognition of China’s research capabilities. and around the world. Jin Di, research manager at
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