Tim Cook Attends White House State Dinner

Trump meets with Apple CEO at White House to talk trade

Cook reportedly said at a conference in Beijing last month that he would "encourage that calm heads prevail" on U.S.

President Donald Trump will meet with Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Wednesday, as the technology industry finds itself in the crosshairs of a U.S. trade spat with China, a manufacturing hub for the iPhone maker and other companies.

The two are likely to discuss the rising tensions surrounding a possible trade war between the USA and China, where many of Apple's products and components are manufactured. -China trade war - the countries have proposed tariffs on each other's products - which could have a significant impact on Apple and other US companies.

Representatives for the White House also did not immediately reply.

Spokesmen for the White House and Apple did not respond when asked for details on the meeting.

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The administration has tried to downplay fears of a trade war between the world's two largest economies.

Cook and the rest of the tech industry have pushed for a more open trade relationship with China.

China is a key market for Apple as it is for many other companies.

Last month, Trump slapped $50 billion worth of tariffs on 1,300 Chinese products, reflecting the high technology items in the USA that have been targeted by China as part of its "Made in China 2025" campaign. Cook was among a small group of CEOs invited to Trump's first state dinner at the White House on Tuesday night, held in honor of visiting French President Emmanuel Macron. On Tuesday, Trump said there was "a very good chance" the two countries could reach a deal as a USA delegation prepared to head to China in a few days.

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