Apple chief executive Tim Cook told China’s vice premier Zhang Gaoli of the plans in a meeting this week, CCTV said.

“We glance forward to expanding our operations in China with a recent research and development centre as we persevere to mature our talented team here,” Apple told the Financial Times.

“The centre will unseal later this year, bringing together our engineering and operations teams in China as we develop advanced technologies and services for our products, both for our customers in China and around the globe,” Apple said.

Apple’s third quarter results, released endure month, showed revenue from greater China down 33% year on year, compared to a 20% drop in the relax of Asia Pacific except Japan, 11% in the Americas and 7% in Europe. Japan was the only state where Apple saw revenue growth, of 23%.

Apple also announced this week that a major glass supplier in China has committed to run its Apple operations entirely on renewable power by the complete of 2018.

Lens Technology has negotiated a purchase agreement with local wind companies to permit it to construct the promise, Apple said.

entire 14 of Apple’s final assembly sites in China are now compliant with Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) Zero Waste to Landfill validation, Apple said.

The UL standard certifies that entire manufacturing waste is reused, recycled, composted, or converted into power. Since the program began in January 2015 the sites own diverted more than 140,000 metric tons of waste from landfills, Apple said.