Affiliate Disclosure
If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Read our ethics policy.

Apple CEO Tim Cook attending annual China Development Forum on March 20

Credit: CDF

Apple CEO Tim Cook is slated to appear at the 2021 China Development Forum, which is being held from March 20 through March 22 in a hybrid virtual and in-person format.

Cook will be among more than 100 high-profile executives attending the conference. According to Chinese state-run media outlet Global Times, the 2021 CDF will see the largest foreign attendance yet.

It isn't clear whether Cook will attend the conference in person or in a virtual fashion. In-person elements are being held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. The 2021 conference is being co-chaired by Oliver Zipse, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG.

The CDF is an annual gathering and conference organized by China's State Council Development Research Center. Its goal is to gather foreign executives to discuss the economic future and roadmap of both China and the world at large.

The 2021 forum is centered on the theme of "China on a New Journey Toward Modernization." Global Times reports that the event will mark the 14th "five-year plan" for China and will see the country "embark on a new journey to fully build a modern socialist country and realize the second centenary goal."

This isn't the first time that Cook has attended the CDF. In 2018, the Apple chief executive served as a co-chair for the conference. He also attended the CDF in 2019.

Stay on top of all Apple news right from your HomePod. Say, "Hey, Siri, play AppleInsider," and you'll get latest AppleInsider Podcast. Or ask your HomePod mini for "AppleInsider Daily" instead and you'll hear a fast update direct from our news team. And, if you're interested in Apple-centric home automation, say "Hey, Siri, play HomeKit Insider," and you'll be listening to our newest specialized podcast in moments.