Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing yesterday to discuss intellectual property rights and, most likely, the ongoing iPad trademark dispute with beleaguered monitor manufacturer Proview.

According to M.I.C. Gadget, which provided footage from Chinese TV of the meeting between Cook and the Vice Premier, Li “is a vice commerce minister and official of the National Development and Reform Commission, and will almost certainly be preparing to become China’s prime minister.”

Chinese news agency Xinhua said that the Vice Premier promised Cook that China would boost intellectual property rights protection. In return, Cook assured Li that Apple would strengthen its cooperation with the Chinese and conduct business “in a law-abiding and honest manner.”

Li also called on multinational companies like Apple to “pay more attention to caring for workers in China,” something the company has made a priority in 2012. Video of the meeting is included below.

Tim Cook meets with China’s Vice Premier originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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