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Apple plans to set up a new research and development center in China’s manufacturing capital¬†Shenzhen, reports Shenzhen Economic Daily (via Reuters). The outlet says Tim Cook announced the plan during a meeting with senior city officials while attending a nation-wide event on innovation.¬†Apparently Foxconn CEO Terry Gou was also in attendance.

“We are excited to be opening a new Research and Development¬†center here next year so our engineering team can work even more closely¬†and collaboratively with our manufacturing partners,” Cupertino-based Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said in emailed comments.

“The Shenzhen center, along with the Beijing center, is also aimed at¬†strengthening relationships with local partners and universities as we work¬†to support talent development across the country,” he said.

The announcement follows a similar one Cook made in August regarding the opening of an Apple¬†R&D facility in Beijing. The moves are a part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to spur growth in the world’s second largest economy against increasing competition. It sounds like one of the main focuses¬†for the Shenzhen center¬†will be attracting software developer talent.

Source: Reuters