Apple CEO Tim Cook pledges donations to China’s earthquake-hit Sichuan province
- Cook said Apple would donate to support relief efforts in the southwestern province, which was hit by an earthquake on Monday
- Domestic tech giants Alibaba, Tencent, ByteDance, NetEase, Xiaomi and others have donated millions of dollars
Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged to donate to relief efforts in China’s earthquake-stricken Sichuan province, in the latest sign of goodwill from the American tech billionaire to one of the company’s largest markets.
“Apple will donate to support ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts,” Cook said on Wednesday in a post to his official account on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo. “Our hearts go out to all the families and communities affected by the earthquake in Sichuan”.
E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, social media and video gaming powerhouse Tencent Holdings, TikTok owner ByteDance, electric vehicle makers BYD Auto and Li Auto, as well as electric car battery manufacturer CATL have each set aside 5 million yuan (US$718,000) for recovery efforts in Sichuan.
China’s second largest video gaming company NetEase and smartphone maker Xiaomi contributed 1.5 million yuan and 1 million yuan, respectively.
Alibaba, owner of the South China Morning Post, earmarked 100 billion yuan last year to support the cause, while Tencent set up two funds totalling 100 billion yuan.