A Chinese family walks out of an Apple store in Beijing, Sunday, July 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Apple Inc. is binding itself more closely to China as its share of the biggest smartphone market slips and it becomes more reliant on selling services that require government approval.Apple has announced it will establish its first China data center in the politically important province of Guizhou, and has created the new position of a managing director for Greater China, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook.China recently slipped to Apple's third-largest market, as consumers have switched to newer domestic offerings.When it unveils quarterly earnings later Tuesday, Apple is likely to report another dip in China smartphone sales. Apple, like other U.S. tech brands including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google, has looked to woo China's leaders to give it greater access, especially as it pushes services such as its App Store and Apple Pay.Services were Apple's rare bright spot in its struggling China business and logged double-digit revenue growth in Greater China in January-March.
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