Apple confident apps removed in China will be reinstated

File: Apple withdrew some messaging apps to comply with cyber regulations. Photo: Reuters / Robert Galbraith

BEIJING - Apple is confident some of the popular apps removed from its China App Store this year, will be reinstated.

Apple withdrew some messaging apps to comply with cyber regulations.

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These include virtual private network services, which help users bypass China's firewall.

In response, rights groups lashed out at the tech giant for bowing to government pressure.

Speaking at the Fortune Forum in China, Apple's chief executive officer Tim Cook expressed his strong belief in freedom of expression.

"What we always try to do is find the areas where you can work together, find the areas of commonality and in the things that you disagree with, take time to understand how somebody sees it, and if I'm going to get criticised for that then so be it," Cook.

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