Apple is building a $45 million research facility in Beijing, The Wall Street Journal reports. The facility will employ 500 people and will develop computer, communications, audio, and visual hardware. This will be Apples first R&D facility in China.
Tim Cook announced last month about plans for China and investments for research and development. The facility is reportedly going to be developed in the Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing, Wangjing district.
Apple has faced hard times recently in China. Chinese authorities shut down iTunes Movies and iBook services earlier this year, which prompted Tim Cooks visits to China. Apple has been manufacturing its devices in China for a long time.
Apple has already made investments in China including the $1 billion invested in Didi Chuxing, a ride-hailing app in China. This new facility may help smooth relations with China and get Apple back one of its important markets.