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Apple's Cook assures return of pulled apps in China

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook defended the company's decision to pull several apps in China from its store to comply with Beijing, but expressed confidence that some will be reinstated, Reuters reported.

Apple is facing criticism for succumbing to pressure from China's internet regulators and removing dozens of messaging apps and virtual private network services from its local store, since these apps help users subvert China's so-called Great Firewall.

Speaking at Fortune Forum in Guangzhou, China, Cook said foreign companies must respect local laws and regulations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"Your choice is, do you participate or do you stand on the sideline and yell at how things should be," Cook said.

"My own view very strongly is you show up and you participate, you get in the arena, because nothing ever changes from the sideline."