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Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to talk with lawmakers visiting Hollywood and Silicon Valley in the coming week, with China being the subject of conversation.
The group of lawmakers will be arriving in Hollywood on Wednesday, as part of a three-day trip to speak to high-level executives. A bipartisan delegation led by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), chairman of the new House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, the eleven-member group will also visit tech executives later in the journey.
The trip is “intended to just hear mostly from [executives] about how they’re thinking about various issues,” an aide told Axios. With China being the main topic of conversation, the talks will apparently be held privately and intended to be constructive without any legislative agenda.
Lawmakers will speak to Disney CEO Bob Iger on Wednesday, along with producers, former studio executives, and screenwriters. On Thursday, they will meet with Silicon Valleu leaders including Microsoft president Brad Smith, Alphabet president of global affairs and chief legal officer Kent Walker, and other experts and venture capitalists.
Cook will meet with the lawmakers on Friday. With Cook’s recent visit to the China Development Forum, it is likely that the lawmakers and the CEO will have a lot to talk about.
During the summit, Cook met with China’s commerce minister Wang Wentao and discussed plans to stabilize industrial and supply chains. Cook also spoke at the summit itself, praising the “symbiotic” 30-year relationship between Apple and China.